After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend Lewis Hamilton earlier this year, Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly discovered new romance with pop star Ed Sheeran.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer, 37, is said to be in the “early stages of dating” with the popular 24 year old Sheeran, according to The Sun. Scherzinger apparently found comfort and solace in Sheeran’s songs in the aftermath of her split from Hamilton, and things took off from there.

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The pair were friends for a long time before the 30 year old Formula One world champion ended his on-off relationship with Scherzinger back in February this year. The former 'X Factor' judge was spotted backstage at Sheeran’s huge Wembley Stadium concerts last month, soon after which she accompanied him on a visit to his hometown in Suffolk, where they were seen enjoying a drink at the local pub.

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An unnamed source close to Sheeran told The Sun’s celeb editor Dan Wootton: “As far as he’s concerned they were in the early stages of dating and he’s been open about it with close friends and colleagues.”

Another insider provided Scherzinger’s take on developments. “When she split from Lewis, she was heartbroken but ended up playing Ed’s songs on a loop,” they revealed. A close friend of hers added: “They're extremely close. Nicole says he is the male version of her.”

Sheeran recently experienced heartache when he split from his girlfriend of one year Athina Andrelos, a 24 year old production assistant with The Jamie Oliver Group, back in March this year. He had said as recently as July that his love life was pretty much “non-existent” since the split, mainly thanks to his heavy touring commitments, but it now appears that he’s found love again.

Neither Sheeran nor Scherzinger have made any official statements regarding these rumours at the time of writing.

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