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X Factor: Celebrity contestant Thom Evans responds to reports he’s ‘secretly dating’ Nicole Scherzinger

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The X Factor: Celebrity contestant Thom Evans has responded to reports he’s ‘secretly dating’ Nicole Scherzinger.

Over the weekend, The Sun on Sunday reported that romance has blossomed between the rugby player and the X Factor judge, after they went on a night out together.

Thom has since responded to the rumours by telling the MailOnline, “She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don’t have much time.”

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The 34-year-old, who is a member of Try Star alongside fellow rugby players Levi Davis and Ben Foden, added: “To be honest, we are focusing on the bromance and getting to the final!”

“We are working on choreography, vocal lessons, and it’s all so full on. So there’s not a lot of time for much else.”

Bandmate Ben then said: “Thom and Nicole are both beautiful and single. If something does happen it will happen down the road!”

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He also joked: “I can be the best man, Levi can be the ring bearer.”

Nicole has been single ever since she split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year, after four years together.