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Little Mix's Perrie Edwards confirms romance with footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Sharnaz Shahid

It has been hotly rumoured that she has been dating Arsenal football player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the past few months. And on Tuesday, Perrie Edwards appeared to confirm the budding relationship by posting a picture of the sporting ace on her Instagram page.

The photo, which was simply captioned with a heart eyes emoji, sees the 23-year-old footballer smiling while sitting next to the Little Mix star's pet dog Pomeranian and Alex's Labrador retriever at the dinner table.

Sources have told the Mirror things are certainly blossoming between Perrie and Alex. "Things are hotting up between the pair – they love spending time with each other and make each other laugh a lot," the insider said. "Perrie has bought her family and friends Arsenal merchandise for Christmas - it shows how much she thinks of him."

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Perrie Edwards has confirmed her romance with footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

News of their romance was first revealed in November. According to The Sun, the singer was reportedly keen to keep the relationship private following her high-profile split from ex-fiancé Zayn Malik in August 2015. "It's very early days between Perrie and Alex," a source told the publication.

"There's certainly some chemistry there and they've enjoyed spending time together. Both are keen to keep the relationship on the down low, they don't follow each other on social media as they know a connection might give the game away. After what happened with Zayn, Perrie doesn't want her love life to become public knowledge."

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The Little Mix singer shared a cute picture of the footballer on social media

It was also alleged that the 23-year-old pop star was spotted watching Alex in his personal box at the Emirates Stadium. This is believed to be Perrie's first serious relationship since her split from Zayn. The former lovebirds began dating in early 2012, and got engaged in August 2013 when the former One Direction heartthrob popped the question. They shocked fans in August 2015 when it was revealed that they had chosen to end their engagement.

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