Harry Styles’ girlfriend Tess Ward wants to take a "break" from social media to escape the avalanche of messages she’s been getting from One Direction fans since their relationship was revealed.
Last week, the world discovered that the 27-year-old chef – who has over 134,000 followers on Instagram – and Harry, 23, are dating and eagle-eyed fans also spotted that the couple have even been sharing a designer Gucci shirt.
However, the revelation has left Tess dealing with a backlash on social media and online from ‘Directioners’ unhappy that their pin-up Harry has a new girl, with the hate and trolling even causing her book ‘The Naked Diet’ to suddenly become the subject of one star reviews and she admits it’s been tough to deal with.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, Tess said: "Snapchat I’ve deleted, Twitter – don’t really do it. I’m even a little bit out of love with Instagram. At the moment I’m getting a lot of direct messages there, but I respectfully choose not to reply to them, because they’re all like, er, interesting. I want a break. I just want a break."
When asked by the publication if she and the One Direction heartthrob are definitely in a relationship, the blonde beauty replied, "I literally don’t have anything to say about that," before her publicist interjected to say, "My clients don’t talk about their personal lives."
But there’s no denying the fact that Tess rocked up at Harry’s ‘secret’ London gig at The Garage in Islington last weekend to support him as he launches his solo career.
Despite the sudden interest in her, Tess is adamant she’s only interested in food not fame.
She explained: "It’s been so weird, the hate messages … very bizarre. I’m not the kind of person who’s interested in fame and if you’re put in an environment which you don’t understand and you can’t control and you don’t want it’s horrible … I just want to do what I love and that’s cook, it really is."
The hate messages have driven her to disable the message facility on her Instagram and she told her followers: "For everyone following and messaging me, I am thankful but please be kind to me. All I want is to share beautiful food with all of you."
Harry, who has dated a string of famous women including Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Caroline Flack and Pixie Geldof, was reportedly introduced to Tess through mutual friends.