Who is Brad Howard? X Factor 2017 contestant dating Lydia Calvin who split from Michelle Keegan in 2010

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BRAD Howard is hoping he has this year’s X Factor.

But her has hit the headlines after it was revealed he once dated Michelle Keegan – here’s what we know…

 Brad Howard is an X Factor hopeful

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Brad Howard is an X Factor hopeful

Who is Brad Howard?

Brad is a singer and male model.

He auditioned for the the X Factor after being turned down for a place on this year’s Love Island.

He is currently through to the six chair challenge.

This round was filmed at Wembley Arena in London last week, and Brad hinted at his success in a cryptic Instagram post.

He appeared to share a picture from backstage, which showed him sitting on a box of musical equipment, and told pals it is “just the start”.

Brad wrote: “Lost track of days, time & life itself but boi had the sickest time of my LIFE…

“Spent with some absolute legends… #JustTheStart.”

 The former actor dated Michelle for two years before they split in 2010

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The former actor dated Michelle for two years before they split in 2010

When did Brad Howard date Michelle Keegan?

Brad dated Michelle back in 2008 before splitting in 2010.

When asked about his relationship with the Our Girl star, he told ITV’s Lorraine: “A long time ago, she’s a beautiful girl Michelle.

“She’s a great girl. Fair play to her, she’s doing amazing.”

Continuing to heap praise on Michelle, who became a Coronation Street favourite in her role as Tina McIntyre, he said: “She’s a great girl and got a lovely personality.”

He added he had watched the soap star, now happily married to Towie’s Mark Wright, in her gritty BBC drama our Girl after dating the actress for two years, prior to their 2010 split.

 He is hoping to win the ITV talent show

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He is hoping to win the ITV talent show

Is Brad Howard seeing Lydia Calvin?

Brad is currently romancing fellow X Factor hopeful Lydia Calvin.

The pair met backstage during auditions for the ITV talent show.

The pair have since been on a string of romantic dinner dates together.

She has even met his mum and gran in his home city of Manchester.

Lydia told the Daily Star: “We get on really well. Who knows what will happen?

“We live at different ends of the country but if it’s to be, it’s to be.”

X Factor’s Brad Howard praises ex Michelle Keegan as ‘gorgeous’ as he reveals he’s dating co-star Lydia

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