Does this photo of Nick Grimshaw’s pet pooch Pig chilling out with Michael Mayren prove that things are getting serious?

Nick Grimshaw has been keeping quiet about his rumoured romance with photographer Michael Mayren but there’s no denying that they’re close now that Michael has become besties with Nick’s DOG.

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Yep, the ultimate seal of approval in any relationship is that of a pup, if you ask us, and Nick’s adorable pooch Pig certainly seems to like Michael.

Over the weekend the heavily-tattooed snapper posed for possibly one of the cutest photos we’ve ever seen with Pig, who looked blissfully content sprawled out on his lap.

Nick and Michael’s pal Jack Guinness captured the beautiful moment and posted it on Instagram, writing: ‘The shark and the pig. @michaelmayren’

FYI, Michael has a large shark inking on the side of his face and his Insta name is sharkonyourface, obvs.

We bet Nick, 31, will love this picture just as much as us! The X Factor judge dotes on Pig and just last week took her on a bit of an adventure in the countryside, cue a steam of adorbs pictures of the pooch out and about.

Meanwhile Michael seems to be an animal lover too. In fact it’s not the first time recently that he’s hung out with Pig as he was pictured taking the hound out for a walk a few weeks ago.

The photographer posed for a photo as he held a ball ready for Pig to catch – awww!

Michael’s affection for Pig seems to suggest that him and Nick have been hanging out together a lot recently, though both parties are keeping schtum about their relationship.

Earlier this summer a spokesperson for Grimmy said the duo were ‘just friends’ but a source close to the DJ said they were definitely growing closer.

‘Nick and Michael started off as mates but things have been developing lately,’ the insider told The Sun.

‘They have loads in common and have been hanging out a lot. After spending much of Glastonbury in each other’s company they celebrated Michael’s birthday with a trip to the nearby Babington House hotel.

‘It’s not official yet but all their pals think they’re going to be in a relationship soon.’

With Pig clearly giving her approval, we think Nick and Michael make a great match.

Anna Francis