Matt Cardle's mate Darren tells Now that the X Factor star likes to write songs for his girlfriends. Cute!

Matt Cardle isn’t just a star on the X Factor stage – according to his best mate Darren Gear, he’s also a top-notch boyfriend.

Darren’s spoken out 
to defend his pal after claims by Mick Cutmore, the father of Matt‘s ex-girlfriend Lauren, that Matt cruelly dumped her to further his chances on the show.

Mick told the papers last week: ‘Matt dumped Lauren straight 

after his audition because he thought he’d stand a better chance of winning if he were single. It’s awful how he treated her.’

But Now can reveal that Matt, 27, 
was in fact left devastated 
when his four-year relationship with Lauren, 24, ended.

We spoke exclusively to Darren, 22, to get the inside scoop on what Matt‘s really like as a fella. And as a result, we’re feeling a bit weak at the knees!

Darren, who was in indie band Darwyn with Matt, reveals: ‘Lauren would come along to as many gigs as she could and was always supportive.

‘She really wanted him to make it. Matt thought the world of her and really doted on her. He was always buying her little gifts or writing songs for her.’

Although Matt had girlfriends before Lauren, all his friends thought they were perfect for each other and were shocked when they split in May this year, just after his first X Factor audition.

‘He’d been with other people, but Lauren was the one who meant the most to him,’ says Darren. ‘They were always very affectionate towards one another when you’d see them together.

After they split up, he really went into himself. He would sit in the corner texting her all the time. They didn’t fall out or break up on 
bad terms, but he 
was obviously really upset about it.’

See the full story about The X Factor‘s Matt Cardle in Now Magazine dated 25 October 2010 – out now!

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