Katy Perry grew close to Malik on tour

Katy Perry is believed to have been confiding in gorgeous backing dancer Malik Le Nost since splitting with Russell Brand at the end of last year.

The pair grew close on Katy‘s recent California Dreams tour and were spotted having a ‘heart-to-heart’ last week as it came to an end in Asia.

‘Throughout her trip to Jakarta and Manila, Katy sent a lot of time with him and the pair would often stay up late into the night chatting and drinking in the hotel bar of The Ritz Carlton,’ says a source.

Malik is said to be smitten with Katy, 27. But the singer is not ready to start a new romantic relationship.

‘They insist they are just good friends,’ the source tells the Sunday Mirror, ‘but their closeness has definitely set tongues wagging in Katy‘s camp.’

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