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That was swift ... Taylor and Harry split after massive row

FOR any die-hard romantics out there it may come as a shock that pop cutie Harry Styles and singer Taylor Swift have parted ways.

That's right, Harry Styles and US songtress Taylor Swift's whirlwind romance has come to an abrupt but rather predictable end.

Floppy haired Harry (18) and angst ridden southern belle Taylor (23) first hooked up in November after meeting on the X Factor.

What followed was a string of romantic snaps charting their blossoming romance, including trips to the zoo and a bird sanctuary at the Lake District in north west England.

Caring Taylor even held her man's hand when he got yet another ill advised tattoo.

But the road to true love never did run smooth and One Direction fans all over the globe will be breathing a massive sigh of relief today.

The two called time on their passionate tryst following what has been described as the mother of all rows on a not-so romantic weekend away.

After spending Christmas apart the pair jetted off to the British Virgin Islands on New Year's Day. But things did not go to plan and Taylor flew back to the US on her own after just three days on vacation.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Harry did what any self respecting teen would do and headed over to billionaire Richard Branson's Necker Island home to party.

He was seen hanging out on the beach with fans, his arms wrapped around their waists.

He was also photographed in Branson's hot tub, chilling with some bikini clad babes and lounging about the sandy beaches.

Twitter lover Taylor has remained ominously quiet in recent days, with her first message since New Year's being on January 5 when she wrote: "... 'til you put me down."

The pair were last seen on New Year's Eve in New York sharing a very public kiss in Times Square.

No doubt the spilt will result in more heartfelt ballads from Swift wile Harry can get back to promoting 1D's new single Kiss You.