Stylist Grace and finalist Matt have lots of cuddles

X Factor Fashion Director Grace Woodward says she adores Matt Cardle, but any thoughts of getting together have had to be put on hold.

‘We’re very close and he’s lovely, but we’re not dating,’ she insists. ‘Certainly not.

‘Because of the parameters of this show, there is no way we can do anything.’

The pair are said to have been caught in a clinch, but Grace, 33, reckons Matt, 27, is just the kind of guy who likes to hug.

‘People have just seen us having a good old Matty cuddle,’ she explains. ‘There is nothing to hide – Matt is very tactile with other people as well.

‘He’s the biggest flirt…and he’s flirted with me more than everybody, which is quite amusing.’

Matt – who is single after dumping girlfriend Lauren Cutmore – is optimistic about getting together with the fashionista once the contest is over.

‘Who knows what will happen…’ he says.

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