EXCLUSIVE: One Direction deserve their success, says Alexandra Burke

We always knew that Niall Horan and Alexandra Burke were good pals, but after their tweets got a little flirty recently, we wondered what was going on.

Alexandra Burke, One DirectionAlexandra Burke has said that One Direction deserve all their success. Copyright [Rex]So when we spoke exclusively to Alexandra Burke, we couldn't wait to find out the gossip about her and the One Direction hottie.

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Alexandra dispelled any rumours of a romance, saying: "Niall? We're really, really close. We get on really well."

She continued: "I don't really offer him any advice. I just tell him to embrace it, have fun and just enjoy it all. And he does."

What with One Direction cracking the US and notching up number ones all over the world, Alexandra Burke must have a serious *proud face* on.

Alexandra BurkeAlexandra Burke is hoping for chart success with her new album. Copyright [Alexandra Burke/Twitter]Alexandra said: "I'm really, really proud. I was rooting for them when they were on The X Factor. It's really good to see people who deserve it have success."

And Alexandra Burke has had her fair share of success, too. her recent single, Elephant shot to number three in the charts and her album's out this week.

She told us: "I took my time with the album because it was what felt right. I needed to make sure it was right and not rush. That mattered more to me than putting something out half heartedly."

Alexandra Burke's album, Heartbreak on Hold, is out now