One Direction Harry (17) dumps Caroline (32)
ONE DIRECTION star Harry Styles has ended his controversial relationship with TV presenter Caroline Flack.
The pair, who sent tongues wagging when they first started dating because of their 15-year age difference, are said to have split up because of his band's upcoming tour in the States.
Harry, who turns 18 on Wednesday next, is understood to have called off the romance with Caroline (32) because he wasn't ready for the commitment of a long-distance relationship.
Well-informed sources said that Harry was only "being realistic".
"He's going to America in a couple of days and he wants to be able to commit fully to making the band a success in the States," an insider said.
"They'll be back for the Brits, but all in all they'll be away for two months.
"It's a long time to be apart especially with so much going on."
It is thought that Harry and Caroline are still on good terms despite their breakup and that the young singer showed maturity beyond his years in the way he handled the situation.
"Harry's young. He's just not ready for a long-distance relationship," the source added. "He really likes Caroline and he doesn't want to hurt her. But he doesn't want to be tied down. Caroline confided in pals about the split, confirming that it's over. She is upset, but they are still on good terms."
Another source added: "They've been spending a lot of time together so it's a blow to Caroline, who was serious about the relationship.
"After their romance became public it put a lot of pressure on young Harry.
"It's an amicable split and they've decided to stay friends. Even since Harry ended it they've been talking by phone."