Nicole Scherzinger is still in love with Lewis Hamilton, according to the singer’s ‘X Factor’ protégé.
The 'X Factor' judge and the Formula 1 driver called time on their five-year on/off relationship last month as work commitments meant they barely got to spend time together but Jahmene Douglas says she still loves her former boyfriend.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I know that she is in love with Lewis. And I’ve been with her as a friend while she was with him and when they broke up.
“I am trying to be there for her because it is a tough time. It isn’t easy to switch off after spending five years in a relationship. I think it was just obvious that the distance thing might have taken its toll.
“But she’s a strong woman and she’s not silly. She is very into her faith so she knows how to get through something and just needs the right friends around her.”
The 'Boomerang' singer was "touched" by Lewis' tribute to her last month after he dedicated his win in the Hungarian Grand Prix at Mogyorod to her but despite his obvious feelings, pals say she is still reluctant to jump back into a relationship.
There has been speculation that the pair may now attempt to rekindle their relationship.
A source said: "They are planning to meet and work out how on earth they can maintain a relationship with their lifestyles.
"They both know this is the final chance to make it work.
"Even though they spend so much time apart in different countries because of their work commitments, they were constantly on the phone and text messaging."
Scherzinger is currently based in the UK working on 'The X Factor', and has found the last month away from the Formula One ace difficult.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "She always felt complete with him in her life. That's why she's found the last month virtually impossible.
"Some days she was so upset it was a real battle for her to even get out of bed and go to work at 'The X Factor' auditions.
"She's been distraught but is very good at hiding her real feelings in public. After all, this is the man she still hopes to marry one day.
"This might be Lewis' homeland but he's hardly ever here and the reality is that Nicole has felt very alone.
"She loves his family but she's not close enough to his friends to call them her own.
"While Nicole's team say the couple are still officially broken up, both are desperate to resolve the situation."