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Alexandra Burke says Horan and Defoe have been her 'friends for ages'

March 7, 2012 - London

Contrary to rumours that suggest Alexandra Burke is dating either Niall Horan or Jermain Defoe, the singer has asserted that she has been "friends for ages" with both of them.

The 'X Factor' winner of 2008 has struck up blossoming friendships with Tottenham ace Defoe and One Direction star Niall Horan as she embarks on her solo comeback release.

But the 23-year-old star has tried to clear the air of her being involved with either men.

"One Direction are doing really, really well - I'm so proud of them. I speak to Niall every single day, he's such a sweet boy," the Mirror quoted her as saying.

"We've been friends for ages - he's the one in the group I really talk to, the one I really know the best, and he is just so excited.

"Niall is over the moon. He said to me the other day, 'It's all happening so fast.... my life is just going before my eyes.

"I keep telling him to relax and enjoy it. It's really sweet to see someone so humble going through so much and being so appreciative.As far as I know the boys are all enjoying every minute, and good for them. They're huge at the moment. Absolutely huge," she said.

Meanwhile, the 'Bad Boys' hitmaker has tried to clear up the mystery surrounding the England striker.

With the pair socialising twice in recent weeks, Burke went all-out to clarify the situation.

"Jermain and I have been friends for ages," she said.

"But at the moment I don't really wish to talk about it. I'm sorry..."

Burke, tipped for No1 based on pre-order iTunes figures, spent Sunday afternoon cheering Defoe on in the Tottenham-Manchester United game despite being a Reds fan.


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