Olly Murs’ friends ‘fear Melanie Sykes will leave him heartbroken’

Romance: Olly Murs is said to be dating Melanie Sykes: @msmelaniesykes
Romance: Olly Murs is said to be dating Melanie Sykes: @msmelaniesykes

Olly Murs’ friends are said to be fearful of his rumoured relationship with TV presenter Melanie Sykes.

The 33-year-old X Factor star has reportedly been dating Sykes, 47, in secret for the past year after bonding over a love of fitness.

But there are concerns that Murs will be left “hurt”.

A source told The Sun: “It’s a no-brainer that Olly would be attracted to Mel – she’s a beautiful woman with a fantastic body, and she’s a laugh.

“But there’s no denying her reputation, and Olly could end up hurt.”

Gutted: Olly Murs will no longer perform (Tommy Jackson/Getty)
Gutted: Olly Murs will no longer perform (Tommy Jackson/Getty)

Sykes has two children, Roman, 15, and Valentino, 12 from her marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, which ended in 2008.

She married 29-year-old Jack Cockings in 2013 but filed for divorce less than a year later, describing it as a “difficult” time.

Murs, who dated Francesca Thomas before calling time on the relationship in 2015, appeared to address the romance rumours on Twitter.

(Ian Gavan/Getty )
(Ian Gavan/Getty )

The Troublemaker singer shared a gif off Anchorman’s Brick Tamland laughing next to the words “good one” before swiftly deleting it.

The tweet came hours after it was reported that the pair have been enjoying a string of under-the-radar dates after being introduced by a mutual friend.

“Mel loves a younger man and really fell for Olly when he got into shape late last year,” a source told The Sun.

“They were initially introduced through a mutual friend. They started texting for ages and some of the messages ended up getting quite saucy.

“They have both been determined for nobody to find out. It’s been a bit off and on and there’s a real physical attraction between them.”

Standard Online has contacted a representative for Murs for comment.