Westport-raised model Emma Ostilly has recently been causing a stir with teenyboppers in both the U.S. and U.K., with reports of her relationship with boybander Harry Styles of British group One Direction attracting attention to the former Staples High School student.
Now magazine in England reports 18-year-old Styles is dating Ostilly -- to the chagrin of his many fans.
"The real Harry is too busy to date his millions of smitten followers -- though he did find the time to spend the evening with gorgeous model Emma Ostilly during his recent stay in New Zealand," the magazine's website said.
" `She's just a friend,' [Styles] told a radio station in Auckland. `She's working over here ... I prefer not to talk about it.' "
The magazine delved deeper into who Ostilly is.
"Emma Ostilly was discovered just before her 16th birthday and is now a big star at US model agency Wilhelmina. The 5-foot-9-inch teenager commands up to £6,000 [$9,721] a shoot for the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret and has even graced billboards in New York's Times Square," a recent article said.
Gather.com also reports on the status of the model and her alleged beau.
"Harry Styles is said to be single but a new source has come out to say that the One Direction cutie is in fact dating that beautiful model he was seen kissing in New Zealand. However, their relationship could soon be over if Harry even thinks of another woman. Yikes. Apparently, Emma Ostilly wants Harry to herself and only herself. She knows that he has girls literally falling at his feet, but she wants to be sure he stays true to her and doesn't cheat. If he does, she'll leave him," the gossip site said.
" `Emma has a few trust issues because she knows Harry has women throwing themselves at his feet and she finds that hard,' said [a friend]. `She's warned him not to make a fool of her and basically told him, `Stray and you're dumped.' She has made it very clear that if he is so much as linked to another girl, they're over.' "
Ostilly shut down her Twitter account recently after fans allegedly verbally attacked her for dating Styles, the Daily Mail said.
"Any woman willing to date a member of One Direction must be prepared to take a bit of flack from jealous fans. But American model Emma Ostilly was so upset by online abuse following her hot date with Harry Styles over the weekend, she has shut down her Twitter account," the paper said.
"After photos of their amorous behavior were published, Twitter was flooded with messages from jealous fans, with some claiming Emma was `cheating on her boyfriend' with Harry. Some fans even started Facebook groups called `Anti Emma Ostilly' and `I hate Emma Ostilly.' "
One Direction is a British-Irish boy band that was signed to Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Records ,after placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. The band is signed to Columbia Records in the U.S. and their single "What Makes You Beautiful," is currently on the radio.
Ostilly reportedly met Styles and his One Direction bandmates when she appeared in the video for their second single "Gotta Be You," in New York last year, according to the Daily Mail.
The Westport News ran a story on Ostilly in 2009, as she signed with Wilhelmina Models during her junior year at Staples High School.
"Ostilly was chosen to represent North America in the Elite Model Look World Final, and recently returned from a whirlwind tour of China," the Westport News' story said. "In [October 2009] she embarked on a three-week journey to Sanya, an island off Hong Kong ... Her days were spent learning the business. Part of the experience involved `cultural outdoor shoots.' The models went to historic sites, where `paparazzi' tried to catch them off guard. `I learned a lot about modeling -- good and bad,' she said at the time."
She spoke with the Westport News about her goals, daily life and her friends' response.
"I've always wanted to be a model," she said at the time. "It's fun. I love fashion and clothes, and modeling is all about working with designers."
Her Westport friends, she said, "are proud of me. They think modeling is really cool."