The Hype

1D's Harry Styles is known for his taste in older women. In October last year, Harry was involved in a highly publicised relationship with Caroline Flack, 32, host of The Xtra Factor in the UK. Harry was 17 at the time of the relationship, which ended in late January this year, just before his 18th birthday and the band's tour of the US.

While the 15-year age difference raised plenty of eyebrows, it's now been revealed that Caroline was not Harry's first foray into the world of more mature women. Prior to dating the TV host, Harry reportedly wooed Lucy Horobin, then 31, a radio DJ for Key 103 in Manchester.

Lucy Horobin has been reportedly linked to Harry Styles while she was still married. Credit Lucy Horobin/Twitter

According to The Sunday Mirror, One Direction were appearing on the radio show in August last year to promote their single 'What Makes You Beautiful' when the pair hit it off.

Reports suggest that the pair secretly dated for a few months after the first encounter, breaking up just before Harry started dating Caroline in October.

The short-lived fling occurred despite the fact Lucy was married, although according to a source, she "was going through a rocky patch with her husband [of one year].

"Harry just happened to be in the right place at the right time. He charmed his way into her life and brought a little bit of excitement with him.

"Then, when things fizzled out with Harry, she realised she had made a stupid mistake. She wanted to make a real go of her ­marriage."

Harry Styles (L) dated Caroline Flack shortly after his rumoured romance with Lucy. Credit: Getty Images

While neither party have commented on their alleged relationship, Lucy did take to Twitter, saying: To clarify, I haven't said ANYTHING to any press, nor do I wish to. Thank you to those of you who have said kind words today. Xxx"

No word from either camp's reps as to the matter.