Newly single Leigh-Anne and Ashford grow close

Little Mix‘s Leigh-Anne Pinnock said she dumped her long-term boyfriend to concentrate on her music.

But as our exclusive photos show, the singer might have other people – sorry, things – on her mind.

We can reveal that Leigh-Anne, 19, has been growing close to The Risk‘s Ashford Campbell while on The X Factor tour – and the pair have become virtually inseparable.

It comes after Leigh- Anne revealed she’d split with her childhood sweetheart Nathanual Diamond, 21.

The X Factor winner told how she had to end the five-year relationship with Nathanual because she was ‘too busy with Little Mix‘.

But just days later on 26 February, our photographers caught the former Pizza Hut waitress sharing an intimate dinner with Ashford, 20, at Manchester’s Sapporo Teppanyaki restaurant.

The pair, who’d been performing at the MEN Arena, chatted and laughed as they ate dinner, but after realising they’d been spotted they took separate taxis back to the Macdonald Manchester Hotel.

One taxi pulled up at the front, the other at the back.

So what’s going on? One source says: They get on really well and hang out or have dinner.

‘At the moment that’s all it is, but they’re fond of each other.’

A friend of fellow Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall tells us Leigh-Anne had previously confessed to liking Ashford.

He says: They were always flirting backstage at The X Factor.

‘She was attached so nothing happened, but there was chemistry.’

An X Factor spokesman had no comment.  

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