Harry Styles says he’s no cougar, never dated Emily Atack

Harry Styles has got a pretttyyyy serious reputation for liking older women *cough* Caroline Flack *cough* but the One Direction star has insisted he is NOT a cougar.

Harry StylesHarry Styles says he is not a cougar. Copyright [Wenn]

The 18-year-old One Direction singer, who got serious flack for dating the 32-year-old Xtra Factor presenter, says the idea he's only after older women is totally fabricated.

He told The Sun: "I don't know where the cougar thing came from to be honest. I don't know why people got that impression."

And although just a week ago the 1D rumour mill went into overdrive over Harry Styles' reported relationship with Inbetweeners star Emily Atack (who is 22), he said there is nothing going on there.

Harry Styles says he is NOT dating Emily Atack. Copyright [Rex]

Hazza set the record straight saying: "I don't know where anyone got the idea that she's my girlfriend. We've only met a couple of times. We're only friends. I didn't even kiss her."

Well that settles that then.

We got rather excited last week at the news that BOTH Niall Horan and Harry Styles are single - with Niall fessing up at the MIB3 premiere in New York.

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And Louis Tomlinson told reporters that Harry is on the market too.

One member of the band who ISN'T up for the taking is Zayn Malik, who is all loved-up with Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.

Last week he exclusively told us that he sees a lot of her and gives her advice on how to get on in the music world.

He said: "Obviously I see Perrie quite a bit. The only piece of advice I can give her is to work hard and hope for the best. Because that's what we did and that's pretty much all there is to it."

Meanwhile the One Direction boys are gigging in the US - with hoards of screaming fans everywhere they go.

The fivesome performed at the sold-out Beacon Theatre in NYC and Harry was seen waving as he headed inside amidst the squeals.