The X Factor finalist is dating Essex boy Karim Roundi

Teenager Cher Lloyd is loved-up with the best friend of her X Factor mate Paije Richardson.

Essex boy Karim Roundi met Cher backstage at The X Factor final – and has been proudly Tweeting about the rapper diva since.

@CherLloyd fancy kidnapping me? I miss you,’ Karim, 20 Tweeted on New Year’s Day.

‘You should see my new girl yeah she’s f*cking hardcore!!!’ he wrote the next day.

‘…& tell those haters that you’ll always be my mrs!’

Cher, 17, is signed to Simon Cowell‘s record label Syco – who are keen for Cher to stay single in order to make her more marketable. 

But last night, Karim continued his Twitter posts to Cher with: ‘Big day tomorrow! @CherLloyd la la la!! I’m excited! ;).’

Cher has now flown to the US to work on her album.

A spokeswoman for Cher has confirmed she is dating Karim: ‘Yes, they are an item.’

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