The X Factor winner reveals what she really thinks of the 1D star

As The X Factor draws to the end of its ninth series, Leona Lewis, 27, remains the shining star of Simon Cowell‘s talent show as the only winner to go on to find worldwide superstardom and long-term success.

When Leona was spotted with One Direction star Liam Payne, it seemed like the best X Factor romance ever was about to flourish, but it wasn’t to be.

While the couple have been out on dates, Leona now admits that a romance is off the agenda.

‘Everyone was like: “What?”,’ Leona tells Now’s Dan Wootton.

‘It’s not going there. We’re friends.

I think it’s really hard being in a boy band. There’s a lot of dynamics.

You’ve got to always be “on”. I’m glad I was never in a band.’

Leona agrees that 19-year-old Liam is very mature and has always described him as the Gary Barlow of One Direction.

‘He’s like the band’s dad,’ she laughs.

Read Dan Wootton’s full interview with Leona Lewis in Now magazine dated 12 December 2012 – out now! 


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