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TV's Caroline Flack on dating a 17 year old Harry Styles while 31: 'People shouted paedophile at me'

TV's Caroline Flack on dating a 17 year old Harry Styles while 31: 'People shouted paedophile at me'

It's not the weather, it's not even our breath: the reason that a lot of exceptional folks are deterred by this little Island of ours is something to do with our uncoothed, vitriolic and insidious press. 

Whether it's straight-up making up figures to fuel the fires of hate on a day-to-day basis, publishing national papers with suspects for murder who turn out to be innocent or hacking the phones of murder victims, they're hellbent on ruining lives and don't care who they harm in the process. 

Today's subject is rather less severe, and we're focusing on Caroline Flack's brief relationship with One Direction's Harry Styles. As Flack was 31 at the time and Styles 17, there was a little tension in the press... Well, it went a lot further than that, with a One Direction magazine printing a voodoo doll of the TV presenter complete with crow's feet etc.

Despite being legal, it was all too tempting for the media to leave alone, and this created such a stigmatism that it led to Flack having "paedophile" yelled at her in public, as she's revealed today to a British tabloid (way to shun the zeitgeist...).

"I already knew that he had a crush on me, he's made it pretty obvious as he's said it in magazines and said it to friends," Flack commented."I've never felt I was much older than Harry. I still feel 18 and I probably act that way half the time. Although it was just a bit of fun we decided it was best to keep it to ourselves as we were both working for Simon Cowell."

"We were both single, we got on well and we had a laugh. It was only when it become public knowledge that things turned sour. At the beginning it was all very playful. He joked about being attracted to older women." She continued. "It began to go wrong when he was pictured coming out of my house one morning. And that was that. In the street people started shouting 'paedophile' at me in the street and 'pervert'."  


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