Exclusive: Nicole Scherzinger has advice for X Factor's Ryan Lawrie and his romance: "Keep it personal"

Published Tuesday, Oct 11 2016, 13:47 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Nicole Scherzinger knows all too well what it's like to have a relationship played out in the public eye, so she has a bit of advice for her X Factor hopeful Ryan Lawrie: "Keep it personal."

Ryan is currently competing on The X Factor, alongside his girlfriend Emily Middlemas. The pair are actually going head-to-head in the competition, as Emily is one of Simon Cowell's hopefuls in the live shows.

News of their romance first surfaced back in September, despite Ryan and Emily having dated for over a year now, and their relationship has now gained PLENTY of attention, thanks to them both being on the show.

Nicole Scherzinger in Mayfair, London
10 October

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Ryan Lawrie and Emily Middlemas
4 October

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We caught up with Ryan and Nicole ahead of the first live show of The X Factor and Ryan told us he isn't phased about being in competition with his girlfriend.

He said: "We're a supportive team. We focus on what we're doing individually, but we'll be there to support each other."

Speaking about the response their romance has had, Ryan added: "Obviously I want to be recognised as my own artist as well, but it's cool. Everyone knows about me and Emily, it's just because it's sparked, it's now got that much attention."

Nicole, meanwhile, had a few words of wisdom for Ryan. She said: "For me, I've found I like to keep my personal stuff, personal."

"It's a little hard because they are on a TV show together too, right? It's out there," Nicole said. "But I want them to be happy, whatever makes them happy. People like to build you up and break you down sometimes, I try to keep my personal life personal, but it's up to them and what they're feeling.

"They have that foundation and they can be there and support each other. If they need anything, I'm here, but good for them. They've been together for a year, they know what they're doing."

Since getting through to the live shows, Emily and Ryan have said their romance has been "fast-forwarded" as they are now living together in the X Factor house.

"It's our first time living together so it's definitely fast-forwarded our relationship," Ryan told The Sun. "I'm happy we'll go through the experience together and help each other through any tough moments."

Although, he did add: "We're not allowed to share a room!"
In fact, he has revealed there is a "sex ban" in the house - not that he and Emily would be getting up to anything, anyway.

Ryan said: "We can chill and watch a film, but when it comes to bedtime, it's bedtime and that's it. You can't sneak into each other's room. There's actually a sex ban in the house, but we wouldn't do that anyway. It's just professionalism, isn't it?"

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell has had his say on Ryan's relationship with Emily and the music mogul thinks it is a "good thing."

Appearing on The Xtra Factor, Simon said: "I think it's a good thing. It's happened on the show before. I think it makes it more interesting. When one of them goes, it's always interesting to see what happens on a night like that, when they're in competition with each other."

The X Factor continues Saturday 15 October on ITV.

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