X Factor's Lola Saunders on Ben Haenow kiss: "It's ridiculous but funny"

Published Monday, Nov 3 2014, 12:11 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor's Lola Saunders has spoken out about fellow contestant Ben Haenow following pictures of him planting a kiss on her head.

Lola, who was voted off the ITV singing competition during last night's results show (2 November), found herself at the centre of another X Factor romance rumour mill this weekend when she and Ben were photographed queuing in a supermarket.

Lola Saunders performing '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' during the sing-off on the results show of 'The X Factor'. Shown on ITV1 HD.

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Despite eyewitness reports saying the pair looked "cosy", Lola and Ben are just good friends, and both are in long-term relationships.

Speaking to Reveal this morning, Lola tells us: "They actually missed one of the researchers in the photo. When we were in Morrisons, Ben grabbed the researcher and planted a big kiss on his forehead and the same for me. It's ridiculous but it's quite funny though."

Lola, who has been dating her boyfriend Jordan Rutter for four years, continues: "Ben's girlfriend Jessica and my boyfriend Jordan were all just laughing about it. Ben adores his girlfriend and she's so lovely.

X factor finalists take a break from rehearsals for this week's live show outside the studio.

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Lola says she and Ben have just laughed off the photos.

"With everyone who works on the show, Ben just comes over, gives them a hug and plants a kiss on their forehead. He does it with the boys and the girls, he's just a nice person. Ben's joking about being tactile. He just makes a laugh out of it."

Lola, who reached this year's live shows after being picked by Louis Walsh as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's wildcard, says she and Ben connected with each other because they were both missing their partners.

"We're both in long-term relationships and not a lot of the other contestants are, so we had that connection because we were both missing them. We could just discuss that with each other and I think that's why we were more close about things."

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Watch Lola's sing-off performance below: