Liam Payne and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini jet to the Maldives for romantic week away
Cheryl Fernandez Versisi and her new squeeze Liam Payne secretly met up on a luxury resort in the Caribbean to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it has been reported.
Reports that the pair have been secretly dating emerged earlier this week and sources close to the couple have said they enjoyed a week-long trip to the Maldives earlier this month.
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.
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.
“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.
The X Factor judge ended her 18-month marriage to French restaurateur Jean Bernard in January.
According to reports, the star did not sign a prenuptial agreement prior to marrying the Frenchman, 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.