Tuesday 27 September 2016

CONFIRMED: Liam Payne shares loved up snap with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Published 28/02/2016 | 15:01

Liam Payne with new girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez Versini
Liam Payne with new girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez Versini

One Direction’s Liam Payne has confirmed his relationship with Cheryl Fernandez Versini by changing the profile picture on his Instagram account to a snap of the pair, with the caption ‘Happy’.

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Liam, who is ten years Cheryl’s junior, is said to have been dating the X Factor judge since December, following the breakdown of her marriage to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Cheryl filed for divorce from her French beau in January after 18-months, citing irreconcilable differences.

Reports that the pair have been secretly dating emerged earlier this week and sources close to the couple revealed they enjoyed a week-long trip to the Maldivesin February.

The Irish Sun reports that Cheryl (32) and Liam (22) flew to the island separately. The X Factor judge is said to have travelled to the island after her Girls Aloud friend Kimberly Walsh’s wedding in Barbados, while Liam caught a private jet straight from London.

On Valentine’s Day Liam posted a photograph of a single rose, which was said to be for Cheryl as they both share similar rose tattoos.

Cheryl with Jean-Bernard in 2015.
Cheryl with Jean-Bernard in 2015.

The couple were accompanied in the Maldives by Liam’s bodyguard.

A source told the publication: “It was great for Liam and Cheryl to go on their first big holiday away together. The Maldives was the perfect spot as there was little chance of fans spotting them and it gave them a chance to spend time together.

“It was really hushed up and they went to great lengths not to be spotted when they flew in.

“Some of their closest friends didn’t even know they had been away, let alone on holiday together.

British singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, Britain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
British singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, Britain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

“They had an amazing trip and it really made them believe they had something special together.

“Being able to completely unwind away from the world’s eye is not something that a member of the biggest boyband in the world and one of the biggest style icons can do often.

“So they made the most of their stunning surroundings. It’s early days but they are extremely loved up,” the source said.

According to reports, the Cheryl did not sign a prenuptial agreement prior to marrying French restaurateur Jean Bernard, and he could be in line to receive £8m of her £20m fortune in their divorce proceedings.

Sources revealed that the breakdown of the marriage may have been a result of Jean Bernard’s controlling behaviour.

One source told a Sunday newspaper: “She has had enough of his jealousy. He didn’t like it when she had to spend time with other men and even became jealous when she was hanging out with her dogs.

“In hindsight, it’s obvious Cheryl didn’t know JB well enough to commit to him for the rest of her life.”

Meanwhile, Cheryl’s new squeeze Liam has also been through a tough time of late, splitting with his long-term girlfriend Sophia Smith in October.

The break up was said to have deeply affected the singer, causing him to cancel the band’s Belfast show late last year.

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