Union J, the boy band that is currently in the Top 4 of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012, is getting comparisons to One Direction, the biggest act to emerge from “The X Factor.” Just like One Direction, Union J (on a much smaller scale) has been attracting screaming young (mostly female) fans, so that means that there’s been an increase in public interest in the love lives of Union J.
Here’s the latest update:
Ella Henderson (who came in sixth place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012) was at first romantically linked to Union J’s George Shelley. Henderson, 16, said in an interview with the Daily Star Sunday that she and Shelley, 19, are best friends but she wanted to date him after their time on “The X Factor” ended. But days after that interview was published, and when several of the show’s contestants went to Disneyland in Paris to perform at a concert there on November 13, Henderson and Union J’s Josh Cuthbert, 20, were seen getting cozy and acting like a couple.
Henderson now admits that Cuthbert is the Union J guy she’s attracted to the most and the one she wants to date. She told Look magazine (she’s on the cover of the magazine’s December 3, 2012 issue): “Let me explain it like this. George Shelley is my best friend. Jaymi Hensley is like my big brother, JJ Hamblett is hilarious and, yeah, like…at the moment it’s hard to say [how I feel about Josh]. He’s still in the competition.As soon as we’re both out of it, it’s going to go boom. At the moment [we are just] very close and good friends, but after the competition I’d love to see him. I do want to spend more time with him. Only time will tell!”
She’ll have plenty of time to do that on “The X Factor” U.K. 2013 tour which will feature the show’s Top 7 acts of 2012.
Shelley is the biggest heartthrob in the group so he should have no problems finding someone to get over Henderson. Shelley has been compared to One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, but unlike Styles (who’s said in many interviews he likes to get naked as often as possible), Shelley is so self-conscious about his body that he doesn’t even like being seen shirtless in public.
Shelley told Heat magazine: “I was obese, I’m massively insecure. I won’t even take my top off in the pool. It’s programmed into my head that I’m fat because I got bullied at school and I can’t get it out. If I got changed for PE and took my top off, people would laugh.”
Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, 21, is openly gay. He and his boyfriend Olly Marmon have been dating for three years.
Meanwhile, Union J’s Jamie “JJ” Hamblett is reportedly dating “X Factor” U.K. dancer Rithiely “Rithy” Pereira (who was also on BBC1’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2011), but they want to keep their relationship a “secret” for now. According to The Sun, Hamblett and Pereira have “enjoyed several intimate dinner dates and friends say JJ is besotted. The couple got together after JJ split from his live-in girlfriend of a year when juggling the relationship with the pressures of the talent show became too much.”
An unnamed source told The Sun: “JJ couldn’t take his eyes off Rithy the first time he spotted her backstage at The X Factor. They started chatting and she agreed to go out with him for a date. Now he’s really into her.”
Former “X Factor” U.K. contestants who dated “X Factor” U.K. dancers include 2010 winner Matt Cardle (who dated dancer Sarah Robinson from December 2010 to May 2012) and One Direction’s Liam Payne, who dated dancer Danielle Peazer from late 2010 to September 2012.