Katy Perry is reportedly seeking the comfort in the arms of a backing dancer she met on tour last year.
The mystery dancer, known only as Malik, has reportedly spent an increasing amount of time with Katy since she divorced Brand earlier this year. The pair hit it off on Katy's Teenage Dreams tour in 2011.
“During the tour last year, Katy became extremely close to her band and backing dancers,” a source told The Sun. “They all lived in each other’s pockets and everyone knew how much Katy was suffering — not least of all Malik."
“Throughout her trip to India, Katy spent a lot of time with him the pair would often stay up late into the night chatting and drinking in the hotel bar. When they were dancing on stage together, it was clear she only had eyes for him.
The source continues: “In sound check on the day of the last show, the pair started falling about in fits of giggles over a private joke. It was as if they were a couple. Malik shot her cheeky winks across the stage and showered her with hugs. Katy was clearly loving the attention.”
Adding: “They insist they are just good friends but their closeness has set tongues wagging in the camp.”
It was reported earlier this week that Russell Brand was seen picking up a girl during a night out and later. She was later seen at his home the following morning.
Katy and Russell in happier times