Singer Leona Lewis has hinted that she's not bothered about the age gap between her and rumoured boyfriend Liam Payne.
Although the pair apparently began their relationship in September, Leona has been tight-lipped about the romance.
The songstress, who is 27, said: "If you have a bond with someone age doesn't come into it. I'd date someone younger or older - it doesn't matter to me. Or looks, really - it's all about maturity."
The songstress said of Liam: "You'd be surprised how much we have in common. He's great. We see each other when we can."
Leona also admitted the 19-year-old One Direction star paid her lots of compliments, saying: "It's very flattering to get things like that. It's cute. I'm having fun and enjoying myself."
She added: "I like someone who can take the reins, who knows what they want and is strong with me. I'm quite fiery, so they have to be able to handle that. But I do like to feel protected."
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