X Factor couple Rebecca Ferguson and Zayn Malik – from One Direction – have ended their relationship, according to the papers.

The Sunday Mirror reports that Rebecca, who finished runner-up to Matt Cardle in the 2010 series, and Zayn, who finished third as part of the band made the decision to part company for the sake of their careers.

Rebecca has reportedly told friends she is “completely gutted” that their romance is over.

However she added, “I’m happy I’ve decided to be single – my children, my family and my career are now my world.”

A spokesman for Rebecca said, “It’s sad but it just wasn’t working.”

However there is speculation that the couple parted company because Zayn was under pressure to be single when the band launch their pop career.

A source told the paper, “Saying she was fine was a complete bluff for the fact that she’s heartbroken. Zayn’s upset too – he was getting a lot of pressure to be single for when the band start to release music.

“In the end they just realised it would be better if they were both unattached.”