Caroline Flack and Harry Styles hook up on Skype to celebrate New Year
Xtra Factor presenter Caroline, 32, is 4,000 miles away on holiday in India with pals, while Harry, 17, is getting ready for One Direction's UK tour.
And the TV host is glad of the breathing space.
'Caroline's had to take the brunt of the abuse over their relationship,' a friend tells Now.
'She was just trying to have fun.
'She gets on well with Harry and they love hanging out together, but because of the age gap they've had more pressure on them than most new couples.'
Caroline was inundated with abusive Tweets when it was first reported that she'd kissed the One Direction star, 15 years her junior, in October.
At first they insisted they were just good friends, but in November Caroline finally came clean.
In an exclusive interview with Now, she hit back at the haters, telling us: ‘It's hard for me to get my head round people saying it's disgusting.'
Read the full story about Caroline Flack and Harry Styles in Now magazine dated 2 January 2012 - out now!