EXCLUSIVE 'She is stunning and amazing': Thom Evans breaks his silence on Nicole Scherzinger romance rumours and admits dating her 'has crossed his mind'

Thom Evans has addressed the rumours that he and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger are 'secretly dating'. 

The rugby star, 34, spoke to MailOnline exclusively when the band attended SportsMail's event A Pint with Piers at the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea on Wednesday evening that he finds Nicole, 41, 'lovely and stunning; talented and amazing'.

But the sportsman insisted the pair's involvement on X Factor: Celebrity keeps them too busy at the moment. 

What's the deal? Thom Evans has addressed the rumours that he and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger are 'secretly dating'

What's the deal? Thom Evans has addressed the rumours that he and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger are 'secretly dating'

Opening up: The rugby star, 34, spoke to MailOnline exclusively when the band attended SportsMail's event A Pint with Piers at the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea on Wednesday evening

Opening up: The rugby star, 34, spoke to MailOnline exclusively when the band attended SportsMail's event A Pint with Piers at the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea on Wednesday evening

'She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don't have much time,' he said. 

Thom is one third of the group Try Star, along with bandmates Levi Davis, 21, and Ben Foden, 34, and insists their concentration is fixed on getting to the final in two weeks' time.

'To be honest, we are focusing on the bromance and getting to the final! We are working on choreography, vocal lessons, and it's all so full on. So there's not a lot of time for much else.'

But Ben weighed in on the matter, intercepting: 'Thom and Nicole are both beautiful and single. If something does happen it will happen down the road!'

He went on to quip: 'I can be the best man, Levi can be the ring bearer.'

He's thought about it! Thom said he finds Nicole, 41, 'lovely and stunning; talented and amazing' but the pair's involvement on X Factor: Celebrity keeps them too busy at the moment

He's thought about it! Thom said he finds Nicole, 41, 'lovely and stunning; talented and amazing' but the pair's involvement on X Factor: Celebrity keeps them too busy at the moment

Focused: 'She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don't have much time,' he said
Focused: 'She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don't have much time,' he said

Focused: 'She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don't have much time,' he said

Ben - who married his second wife Jackie in August after knowing her for just two weeks - added: 'Thom's hanging around with me so anything can happen!'

Thom and Nicole are thought to have spent last Saturday night together, partying at Tape, hours after they were romantically linked. 

It's said Thom enjoyed a romantic date with Nicole last week, with the pair having had 'great chemistry from the off'.

Tom looked a little bleary-eyed as he left the club at 2.45am with his phone in hand. After exiting the club Thom made his way to the back of a taxi alone, while Nicole left Tape half an hour later.

The Sun On Sunday reported the duo flirted and texted for weeks before Thom eventually asked out the Don't Hold Your Breath songstress.

Boy band: Thom is one third of the group Try Star, along with bandmates [centre-right] Levi Davis, 21, and Ben Foden, 34

Boy band: Thom is one third of the group Try Star, along with bandmates [centre-right] Levi Davis, 21, and Ben Foden, 34

A source told the publication: 'Thom is completely Nicole’s type. And for his part, Thom was smitten early on — he’s always said Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

'He fancied her long before meeting her on the show. He was initially a bit nervous about starting something up, and ruining his chances on the series, but they had great chemistry from the off.

'And after weeks of texting, Thom finally plucked up the courage to ask her out, and took her for dinner.'  

Nicole split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year. Meanwhile, Thom is best known for dating radio host Kelly Brook between 2010 and 2013.

The rugby hunk went on to date Jessica Lowndes of 90210 fame, while he was also linked to Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop.

On the grapevine: It's said Thom enjoyed a romantic date with Nicole last week, with the pair having had 'great chemistry from the off'

On the grapevine: It's said Thom enjoyed a romantic date with Nicole last week, with the pair having had 'great chemistry from the off'

Eyes on the prize: Thom insists their concentration is fixed on getting to the final in two weeks' time

Eyes on the prize: Thom insists their concentration is fixed on getting to the final in two weeks' time

Their alleged romance comes just days after Thom swore off sex until the end of the show so that he could give it his full concentration.

Thom explained to MailOnline how invested he is in X Factor: Celebrity.

'It's madness but in a really good way,' he said. 'From the moment we did No Diggity out in Malibu there was definitely something unique between us three. We all felt it and it felt like the audience did. It's the biggest buzz.

'Every week we have tried to up our game. The audience can see the transition. We didn't want this to be a gimmick!'

He went on to reveal how singing and dancing is when he's 'at his happiest'.

Thom said: 'To be honest, we are focusing on the bromance and getting to the final! We are working on choreography, vocal lessons, and it's all so full on. So there's not a lot of time for much else'

Thom said: 'To be honest, we are focusing on the bromance and getting to the final! We are working on choreography, vocal lessons, and it's all so full on. So there's not a lot of time for much else'

Are they, aren't they? Nicole split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year. Meanwhile, Thom is best known for dating radio host Kelly Brook between 2010 and 2013

Are they, aren't they? Nicole split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year. Meanwhile, Thom is best known for dating radio host Kelly Brook between 2010 and 2013

'Whether it's in the shower or dancing on a Saturday night, singing and dancing is when I’m at my happiest. And now to be on The X Factor stage with these guys – the moment we first sang together for our first audition was when we thought, "wow we can do something special here!"

'Now we’re on this roller-coaster. We are so thankful to be in this position.'

Of the other stars in the competition - V5, Megan McKenna, Max & Harvey, Vinnie Jones and Jenny Ryan - Thom added: 'Everyone brings something different. And it's so unpredictable. There have been some amazing acts who have gone early on in the competition when no one thought that would be the case.'

Ben weighed in on the matter, intercepting: 'Thom and Nicole are both beautiful and single. If something does happen it will happen down the road!' He went on to quip: 'I can be the best man, Levi can be the ring bearer'

Ben weighed in on the matter, intercepting: 'Thom and Nicole are both beautiful and single. If something does happen it will happen down the road!' He went on to quip: 'I can be the best man, Levi can be the ring bearer'

Ben added: 'There are so many genres between us. Megan’s doing slow songs, telling a story. We like to think we’re bringing energy. V5 are like a polished girl band who’ve been together for years and years.

'Max and Harvey are killing that younger generation of feel good music. Vinnie Jones is just having the best time ever. And Jenny’s range is unbelievable. She’s having the time of her life. I can see Jenny competing in the Eurovision Song Contest.'

Levi went on: 'Everyone’s great but it’s a competition. If you win you win. We are absolutely in it to win it. But we take it week by week. It’s definitely at the back of our minds though.

Night out: Thom and Nicole are thought to have spent last Saturday night together, partying at Tape, hours after they were romantically linked

Night out: Thom and Nicole are thought to have spent last Saturday night together, partying at Tape, hours after they were romantically linked

'We’ve all loved music from a very young age. It’s something we enjoy doing. We are just being part of the process. Yeah, there could be an album, that’s mad. Whether we win or not, I think we’d like to be in the music industry after this.'

To which Ben concluded: 'And hey... notoriously with X Factor acts, you do better if you come second or third. Just sayin'!'

X Factor: Celebrity continues on ITV on Saturday at 7:40PM.

X Factor EXCLUSIVE: Thom Evans brands rumoured flame Nicole Scherzinger 'stunning and amazing'

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