Steve Jones Comforting Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole turned to The X Factor USA host after her split from Lewis Hamilton…
Nicole has grown close to The X Factor USA host since they’ve been working together on the show in May. The pair have obvious chemistry, so much so that they were originally hired to be co-hosts, before the Pussycat Dolls singer took Cheryl Cole’s position on the judging panel.
A source told The Mirror: “Nicole is crushed and has shed so many tears. Steve’s been a shoulder to cry on and a real gent. They have become close and have met up outside the studio. He listens to her and makes her laugh."
But the source insisted the pair were just friends, saying that Nicole’s friendship with the Welshman was “all very innocent”. “There is unmistakable chemistry there. Steve flirts with her whenever he can but she laughs it off.”
It’s thought hectic work schedules are what caused the couple to split – Lewis is busy on the Grand Prix circuit while the Wet singer is concentrating on X Factor as well as her role in Men In Black III.
The insider told the tabloid that they pair had hardly seen each other in recent months. “Nicole was under enormous pressure to succeed and was desperate to please Simon, her boss. But Lewis found their intense working relationship hard to contend with. This, plus Lewis’s crazy international jet-set lifestyle, put immeasurable strain on the pair.”