Not a week seems to go by without Harry Styles being linked to a new lady, and now it is the turn of Taylor Swift.

After being linked with a number of women, Harry is apparently looking to settle down with the 22-year-old American country singer and has already met her mum.

The couple were seen flirting together backstage at rehearsals for the US X Factor, where Taylor is set to perform. The One Direction singer sat with Taylor's mum Andrea as they watched Taylor fine-tune her performance during the week.

Simon Cowell has apparently given his blessing to the young couple, telling the Sun: "I wasn't at rehearsal but heard about it when I came down. I think they are really good together."

It is not the first time the pair have been linked, as they dated briefly at the start of the year after being introduced by Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. But they went their separate ways when Harry was spotted out with Emma Ostilly.

Taylor is no stranger to high profile relationships, having previous dated stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas. But if things turn sour at least she might get another hit single out of it, as her latest track We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, allegedly written about Jake, was the most downloaded track by a female artist in the US on its release.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs at Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on Friday Dec. 7, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Taylor Swift performs during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)