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Caroline Flack defends friendship with One Direction's Harry Styles

Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack has spoken publicly about her friendship with One Direction's Harry Styles. 

The presenter, 32, has come under fire from fans of the boyband after 17-year-old Styles was spotted leaving her London home recently and today (December 8) '#sorrharry' has been a worldwide trending topic on Twitter after she was sent death threats through the social media site. 

Speaking on Daybreak this morning, Flack explained their connection and even addressed the 15 year age gap:

"He's really nice and we have a lot of fun together so what's wrong with that? He's a lot younger than me, which some people say is a bit strange."

Styles took to Twitter earlier this afternoon and posted a cryptic message that read: "I think people should think more before they tweet stuff.. Never explain, never complain."

Watch Flack interview the lads from One Direction on The Xtra Factor below: