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Simon Cowell has ‘banned his X Factor staff from dating contestants’

He apparently issued a formal warning

Simon Cowell has reportedly banned his X Factor staff from dating any of the contestants.

The 58-year-old music mogul has apparently issued a formal warning to the ITV show’s production team informing them that they are “strictly forbidden” from striking up any romantic relations with the hopefuls

And that includes making any “social arrangements” – and anyone who breaks the rules will risk being fired.

X Factor 2018 judges: Robbie Williams,Ayda Field,Louis Tomlinson,Simon Cowell
Simon judges the show with Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson (Credit: Wenn)

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A source told The Sun Online: “Simon and the team have made it very clear this year that crew should not be getting any closer to those on the show any more than they need to in a professional manner.”

The insider claimed Simon felt the need to send the stern note to his staff after last year’s Myles Stephenson of Rak-Su allegedly grew close to researcher Demi Kaye.

The source explained: “They weren’t happy last year about one of the crew and Myles hooking up. They felt it was something they didn’t need to tell people not to do, and yet it still happened. The note was very matter-of-fact and the senior executives are expecting it to be taken seriously.”

A source claims Simon “made it clear that crew should not be getting closer to those on the show any more than they need to in a professional manner

ED! has contacted representatives for The X Factor and Simon for comment.

Myles developed a bit of a reputation for himself last year as he also attempted to woo Cheryl Tweedy – who appeared at the Judges’ Houses – even though she was in a relationship with now-ex-boyfriend Liam Payne at the time.

The 28-year-old hunk gave Cheryl the eye but she turned him down immediately.

She said with a giggle: “I’m taken, sorry.”

Myles attempted to woo Cheryl on the show last year (Credit: ITV)

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Liam later appeared on the show for a solo performance and admitted that he was “keeping an eye” on Myles because he had the hots for the brunette beauty.

He joked: “He fancies my missus so I’ve got to keep an eye on him.”

This year’s series has seen Simon joined by Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson to make up the judging panel.

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