Published: 09:42 BST, 15 May 2017 | Updated: 10:18 BST, 15 May 2017
Her romance with Harry Styles appeared to be all but confirmed on Saturday night, when she supported him at his secret gig in London.
But on Sunday evening, Tess Ward, 27, took to her Instagram account to plead with her new batch of Instagram followers - now swollen to almost 130,000 - to 'be kind' to her in light of her blossoming relationship with the 23-year-old heartthrob.
Sharing a snapshot of an egg-and-avocado salad, she cooed about having brunch for dinner, before adding: 'For everyone following and messaging me, I am thankful but please be kind to me. All I want is to share beautiful food with you all.' [sic]
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Can't take the heat...: Tess Ward has pleaded with her new crop of Instagram followers to 'be kind' to her as her relationship with Harry Styles heats up
Seemingly intent on keeping any disparaging comments at bay, the Naked Diet chef has now also turned off all comments under her posts on the image-sharing app.
Her post echoes the sentiments of Caroline Flack, who embarked on a three-month romance with the One Direction star in November 2011, which proved particularly controversial as she was 14 years older than the then 17-year-old.
The TV personality had revealed that two met when she interviewed him on The Xtra Factor, and he bombarded her with emails until she agreed to a date.
Meal: The Naked Diet chef made the statement on Sunday, as she shared a snapshot of a meal
Keeping things under wraps: Tess was spotted discreetly supporting Harry Styles on Saturday night, when he put on a secret gig the Garage club in Islington, north London
But after the romance was made public, she was branded a 'cradle-snatcher' and inundated with hate mail, with one magazine even showing its readers how to make a voodoo doll of her.
'When the bullies first started it became a bit all-consuming and I got a bit lost in my thoughts,' Caroline told the Daily Mail in a 2014 interview. 'It was horrible.
'But the more you learn about Twitter the more you realise it's an outlet for people to be angry. I was always comfortable in my own skin until people started criticising it. They'd talk about my appearance and call me fat.
Flack for Flack: Harry Styles famously dated Caroline Flack (pictured) in 2011 when he was 17 and she 14 years his senior. Their three-month relationship received a barrage of critcism
'At first I thought, "What have I done wrong?" Now I know there are a lot of angry people out there. You don't get the ups without the downs, or the downs without the ups.'
Tess' plea to fans came just a day after she was seen cutting a low-key figure at the Garage nightclub in Islington as her One Direction star beau took to the stage.
Dressed down for the occasion, Tess sported a laid-back look teaming a slogan grey T-shirt with a pair of dark trousers and ankle boots.
She threw a denim jacket over her ensemble and kept her shoulder-length blonde tresses loose in tousled waves.
Main attraction: Since romance rumours blossomed, Tess' Instagram follower count has quickly swollen to almost 130,000
Tess was spotted making a quick exit from the venue after watching Harry in action, and was accompanied by one of the star's bodyguards.
She likely would have also rubbed shoulder's with Harry's family - including his mother Anne - as they had also been in attendance.
Tess' appearance at the gig comes as rumours are currently swirling that she and Harry are now dating.
The pair were first linked earlier this month, after Tess was seen in Harry's Audi as he drove through London and she appeared to fuel romance rumours by stepping out in the exact same Gucci shirt as the former X Factor star.
Besotted: It's said the pair were introduced by mutual friends and Harry is said to be 'besotted' with the food blogger
Sign of the relationship? The pair were first linked earlier this month, after Tess was seen in Harry's Audi as he drove through London and she appeared to fuel romance rumours by stepping out in the exact same Gucci shirt as the former X Factor star
It's said the pair were introduced by mutual friends and Harry is said to be 'besotted' with the food blogger.
A source told The Sun: 'As soon as Harry met Tess there was an instant spark between them. They really bonded over their mutual love of quirky fashion and food – and things turned romantic quickly.
'They've been on a number of dates... This really seems different to Harry’s past relationships as Harry genuinely is besotted with Tess and doesn’t want to risk messing this one up.'
On the promo trail: Harry's show on Saturday was the latest in his tireless round of promos for his burgeoning solo career
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Harry Styles and Tess Ward for comment.
Rising star Tess has garnered a huge online following thanks to her hit cookbooks and stunning looks.
She also models and is a regular on the London social scene, having become pals with the likes of Suki Waterhouse, Millie Mackintosh and Amber Le Bon.
Harry, meanwhile, has been busy promoting his new music material after kicking off his solo career.
Family support: The singer was supported by his family in London including his mother Anne
Bold: Harry certainly made a statement as he arrived at the BBC studios in London on Friday
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