Leona Lewis Talks About Romance With One Direction’s Liam Payne: He is ‘Very Handsome and Very Sweet’

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Leona Lewis is eight years older than her rumored new beau, One Direction‘s Liam Payne, but she isn’t letting age come between them.

The British X Factor winner, 27, has spoken out about her relationship with the teenage boy band member, 19, for the first time to reveal why he is such a great guy.

“Liam is very handsome and very sweet….but he is young,’ she told The Sunday Mirror newspaper in the UK. “He’s got his head screwed on and has good values and morals.”

So how do they make their relationship work?

“We’ve known each other for a good couple of years,” said Lewis who was previously dating dancer Dennis Jauch, 24. “I met him through our label and management plus we would bump into each other at shows.

“Dating someone younger ­depends on their maturity and it depends on the person. Guys date girls who are younger than them but I feel that girls are normally more ­mature. Maturity is the main thing for me.”

Payne – who recently split from his girlfriend, Danielle Peazer– gushed about Lewis during an interview on Radio 1.

“I do have a crush on Leona, she’s hot,” he said. “I have met her. She’s hot.”

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