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Nicole Scherzinger was seen for the first time on Thursday night after rugby player-turned-singer Thom Evans broke his silence on their reported fling.

The Poison songstress, 41, and the Try Star hunk, 34, have been working together on X Factor: Celebrity over the past few weeks, and sparked rumours of a romance – with Thom admitting to MailOnline on Wednesday that he’s ‘thought about’ her a lot.

Nicole turned heads for other reasons on Thursday, however, as she stepped out at the Gay Times Honours in London.

Stepping out: Nicole Scherzinger was seen for the first time on Thursday night after rugby player-turned-singer Thom Evans broke his silence on their reported fling

She showcased her new locks, sporting a sleek fringe and a high ponytail.

She wore a mini-dress in off-white, silver and apricot, with a cut-out detailing to it.

She added thigh-high boots, drop-earrings and rings-aplenty to embellish the ensemble as she posed on the red carpet as she headed into the event.

The appearance comes just hours after Thom made a cheeky remark about the TV judge during an interview on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women.

The former rugby player, who appeared on the show with bandmates Levi Davis, 21, and Ben Foden, 34, remained coy on whether he and the singer were an item but lavished praise on the ‘lovely’ star.

Out with the old: Nicole has switched up her sweeping look for a slick, sharp fringe [pictured L just one night before]

The Poison songstress, 41, and the Try Star hunk, 34, have been working together on X Factor: Celebrity over the past few weeks, and sparked rumours of a romance

Besotted? Thom admitted to MailOnline on Wednesday that he’s ‘thought about’ Nicole a lot

New look: Nicole turned heads for other reasons on Thursday, however, as she stepped out at the Gay Times Honours in London

Strike a pose: She showcased her new locks, sporting a sleek fringe and a high ponytail

When asked about Nicole, the flustered sportsman said: ‘Look Nicole is lovely but I’ve been concentrating on the bromance… I just want to get to the final. Who wouldn’t want to date Nicole because she’s lovely.’

A supportive Ben added: ‘Who wouldn’t want to date Thom because he’s lovely.’ 

The night before, when the band attended SportsMail’s event A Pint with Piers at the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea, Thom said that he finds Nicole ‘lovely and stunning; talented and amazing’.

All in the details: She wore a mini-dress in off-white, silver and apricot, with a cut-out detailing to it

Got the look: She added thigh-high boots, drop-earrings and rings-aplenty to embellish the ensemble as she posed on the red carpet as she headed into the event

Smitten? Try Star’s Thom  made a cheeky remark about judge Nicole during an interview on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women

‘Lovely’: The former rugby player remained coy on whether he and the singer were an item

He added: ‘Who wouldn’t want to date Nicole because she’s lovely’

But the sportsman insisted the pair’s involvement on X Factor: Celebrity keeps them too busy at the moment.

‘She’s stunning. And has [romance] crossed my mind? Yes. But we don’t have much time,’ he said.

He insisted, again, that their concentration is fixed on getting to the final in two weeks’ time.

‘To be honest, we are focusing on the bromance and getting to the final! We are working on choreography, vocal lessons, and it’s all so full on. So there’s not a lot of time for much else.’

But Ben weighed in on the matter, intercepting: ‘Thom and Nicole are both beautiful and single. If something does happen it will happen down the road!’

He went on to quip: ‘I can be the best man, Levi can be the ring bearer.’

It’s said Thom enjoyed a romantic date with Nicole last week, with the pair having had ‘great chemistry from the off’.

On the grapevine: It’s said Thom enjoyed a romantic date with Nicole last week, with the pair having had ‘great chemistry from the off’

Tom looked a little bleary-eyed as he left the club at 2.45am with his phone in hand. After exiting the club Thom made his way to the back of a taxi alone, while Nicole left Tape half an hour later.

The Sun On Sunday reported the duo flirted and texted for weeks before Thom eventually asked out the Don’t Hold Your Breath songstress.  

A source told the publication: ‘Thom is completely Nicole’s type. And for his part, Thom was smitten early on — he’s always said Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

‘He fancied her long before meeting her on the show. He was initially a bit nervous about starting something up, and ruining his chances on the series, but they had great chemistry from the off.

‘And after weeks of texting, Thom finally plucked up the courage to ask her out, and took her for dinner.’  

Nicole split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year. Meanwhile, Thom is best known for dating radio host Kelly Brook between 2010 and 2013.

The rugby hunk went on to date Jessica Lowndes of 90210 fame, while he was also linked to Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop.

Are they, aren’t they? Nicole split from her long-term boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov earlier this year. Meanwhile, Thom is best known for dating radio host Kelly Brook between 2010 and 2013

Checked in: Vanessa White rocked a plaid dress

Celebrity arrivals: The pink and black look featured a statement buckle belt

Glam: Megan Barton Hanson wore a plunging black number

The Gay Times event saw VIP guests in the world of film, fashion, design, art and culture gather to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ culture, entertainment and activism in 2019 at HONOURS 500.

Now in its third year, the annual awards ceremony has established itself as one of the most anticipated and significant events in the LGBTQ social calendar.

Hosted by queer comedian and actor Benny Drama, the event attracted a lively and captivating crowd.

Guests made their way along the purple carpet before entering a magnificent rainbow tunnel, which led to the main event space complete with two stages and bespoke installations.

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