The pair were seen holding hands at a party after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

We do feel a bit protective over Tom Daley, even though he’s 18 now and can do what he wants.

So it was a bit shocking to see him hand in hand with TOWIE’s Lauren Pope,  who at 30 is 12 years his senior.

The pair were seen together leaving One Marylebone following a foto.sosho party.

Olympic diver Tom was late to the party after watching Bradley Wiggins win BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Thankfully, Lauren was quick to Tweet afterwards that there was no romance between the pair. 

She Tweeted: ‘Omg what a funny night and just for the record I can assure you that Tom Daley and I are just mates and nothing more xx’

It seems Tom has got a taste for the celebrity party circuit. 

The following night, he was out partying at Mahiki with the likes of Amelia Lily and Lawson

Maybe he’s just getting used to his new role as a TV star – he’ll be coaching celebs as they learn to dive on new ITV2 show Splash!

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