The X Factor pair’s reported bonded has resulted in romance rumours circulating about the singing pair.
However, speaking exclusively to OK! Online, Leon Mallett has denied that he and Holly Tandy are anything more than friends.
He said: “Yeah we did grow close as did a lot of the other guys. It’s something you can only relate to if you’ve been a contestant on the show.
“She’s a lovely girl but we’ve never been anything more than close friends.”
Leon then went on to say that while he and Holly are not romantically involved, the 16 year old could fancy someone else from the show.
He continued: “Plus I’m pretty sure she has her eyes on someone else from the show.”
Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards first met in 2011 and got engaged in 2013 – however, the pair split in 2015 [Wenn/Instagram]
Romance rumours began after a source told the Daily Star Online: “Leon and Holly grew close while in The X Factor house.
“Some of the lads have been teasing Leon about it, which has been a bit awkward.
“Leon has a girlfriend so all that happened was a cuddle on the sofa, but some contestants wondered if it was more.”
[Holly Tandy/ Instagram]
The source also claimed that Holly and 22 year old Leon shared a car while travelling to the recent X Factor live finals and were “really flirty”.
Holly and Leon were eliminated from the singing completion in the third and fourth rounds.
Rak-Su was announced as the winner live during The X Factor 2017 final by host Dermot O’Leary.