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Cheryl Cole welcomes first baby with One Direction's Liam Payne

Liam Payne posted this image of his new son online shortly after the birth of his son with Cheryl
Liam Payne posted this image of his new son online shortly after the birth of his son with Cheryl
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France
Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl and Liam in London last week. Photo: Beretta/Sims/Rex
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It's a boy! Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne have announced the birth of their first child.

The singer and his girlfriend, former Girls Aloud star Cheryl, have confirmed the happy news about the baby boy, who arrived on Wednesday.

"Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy," a statement from the couple reads.

Shortly after the birth, Liam posted an image of their newborn on his Instagram account.

The 33-year-old pop star and TV personality gave birth at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

One source tells The Sun, "Liam didn’t leave Cheryl’s side throughout the birth, and like her, he is besotted with their new son and can’t wait to take him home... This is the perfect Mother’s Day for Cheryl."

Cheryl Cole.
Cheryl Cole.

The couple's bundle of joy arrived just a few days ahead of Mother's Day.

Another insider tells the publication, "This is a wonderful time for them, and they are both ecstatic to be parents. It’s an incredibly exciting new chapter in their lives. Their family and friends are also delighted by the news and can’t wait to meet their little one."

Liam, who is 10 years younger than the mother of his child, and Cheryl started dating last year (Feb16), and reports she was expecting started circulating in October (16), when she appeared to sport a small baby belly, but neither star has commented on the pregnancy.

Cheryl only posed for one maternity shot when she appeared in a L'Oreal campaign ad last month looking heavily pregnant.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France

Liam has been largely silent about his romance with Cheryl, but he recently told Rollacoaster magazine, “We’re super happy. It’s a very personal, precious time for us", calling his girlfriend "a wonderful, wonderful person".

He's not the first member of One Direction to become a dad - bandmate Louis Tomlinson has a young son, called Freddie, from his romance with ex-girlfriend Briana Jungwirth.

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