Rebecca Ferguson's daughter is a fan of One Direction.

'The X Factor' runner-up - who dated Zayn Malik before he got engaged to Perrie Edwards - says the group have always been a hit with nine-year-old Lillie May, with Harry Styles in particular being one of her favourites.

Rebecca exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''She [Lilly May] is a little bit of a fan, she loves Harry Styles, they used to play backstage in the corridors and him and her they just got on - but she is not a die hard fan.''

But the 'I Hope' singer said her children have started to listen to more indie and rap music, although she won't let them listen to explicit lyrics.

She said: ''My kids are getting into quite cool music, like they're into Jake Bugg and Kanye West, although I can't let them listen to too many of his records.''

The 27-year-old singer - who also has an eight-year-old son, Karl - no longer keeps in touch with One Direction hunk Zayn, 21, but would like to congratulate him on his recent engagement.

She said: ''I don't really speak to him, so no not really [I haven't given him congratulations] I would if I had seen him, but I haven't spoken to him in years it has been a long time. It's been two years.''

And she is pleased the band have become a huge success, adding: ''I think it's brilliant, it's actually madness!

''It's like mania, its amazing and I'm proud of them. We went through a lot together. We went through all that and we all pulled through it.''

Rebecca is now in a new relationship but she remains tight-lipped about her man's identity.

Zayn got engaged to Little Mix beauty Perrie, 20, in August this year and she first debuted her diamond ring at the One Direction premiere of their 3D documentary 'One Direction: This Is Us'.