Wednesday 24 January 2018

From X Factor to parenthood: The complete timeline of Cheryl and Liam Payne's relationship

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)
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 and Liam Payne welcomed their first child together last week.
Liam Payne with new girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez Versini
(L-R) 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 arriving at The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl and Liam Payne during the X Factor final in 2015. Image: Cheriamedits/Twitter
Liam Payne posted this image of his new son online shortly after the birth of his son with Cheryl
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, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals in 2010
Cheryl Cole on The X Factor in 2008. Picture: ITV
Cheryl Cole.
Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Singer Cheryl Tweedy of Girls Aloud and Footballer Ashley Cole pose in front of a Rolls Royce as they promote National Lottery's new Dream Number in Jasmine Studios on July 11, 2006.
Cheryl and ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini in London
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Can't keep up with Cheryl and Liam Payne's relationship?

They welcomed their first child together last week, but Cheryl and Liam's relationship spans nearly a decade.

Here's everything you need to know about one of the world's most famous couples.

2008 - The first meeting

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Cheryl Cole on The X Factor in 2008. Picture: ITV
 

Cheryl and Liam first crossed paths when he auditioned for the X Factor aged 14. After his audition, Cheryl told him: "I like you, I think you're really cute. I think you've got charisma. You gave us that little cheeky wink."

Cheryl was married to footballer Ashley Cole at the time and was on the X Factor judging panel alongside Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

May 2010 - Cheryl divorces Ashley Cole

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Singer Cheryl Tweedy of Girls Aloud and Footballer Ashley Cole pose in front of a Rolls Royce as they promote National Lottery's new Dream Number in Jasmine Studios on July 11, 2006.
 

After months of cheating rumours, the Girls Aloud star finally filed for divorce from her first husband after four years of marriage.

2010 - Back again

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Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals in 2010
 

After being sent home at bootcamp in 2008, Liam returned to the X Factor in 2010 and was put in boy band One Direction, who came third place in the competition and shot to global superstardom.

July 2014 - Cheryl marries Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini

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Cheryl and ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini in London
 

After three months of dating, Cheryl tied the knot to restaurateur Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini in a low-key ceremony in the West Indies.

December 2015 - Cheryl and Liam meet at the X Factor final

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Cheryl and Liam Payne during the X Factor final in 2015. Image: Cheriamedits/Twitter
 

Just months before their relationship was confirmed, video footage shows Cheryl and Liam exchanging a hug at the X Factor final.

January 2016 - Cheryl files for divorce from Jean Bernard

Less than two years after marrying, Cheryl filed for divorce from Jean Bernard, with both parties reportedly signing a confidentiality agreement. The divorce was made official in October 2016. Cheryl drops her surname.

February 2016 - Rumours of a romance begin

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Liam Payne with new girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez Versini
 

Rumours of a romance between Cheryl (33) and Liam (23) begin to circulate. Liam confirmed the speculation on February 28th by using a photo of him and Cheryl as his profile picture on social media.

March 2016 - Liam gushes on social media

Liam shared his love for Cheryl on International Women's Day with an Instagram post captioned: "Happy #internationalwomensday to my favourite woman in the world. Hope I make you as happy as u make me."

May 2016 - First official Chiam appearance

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

'Chiam' made their first official appearance together at the Global Gift Gala in Paris. They then made a second appearance later that month at Cannes Film Festival. 

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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)

June 2016 - Cheryl attends Liam's sister's wedding

Taking what most would consider a serious step in their relationship, Cheryl attended Liam's sister's wedding in England, wearing an uncharacteristic, oversized grey dress.

July 2016 - Is Cheryl pregnant?

Speculation that Cheryl was expecting began in July and continued right throughout the rest of the year.

October 2016 - Cheryl's first post-rumours red carpet appearance

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Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
 

Cheryl neither confirmed nor denied pregnancy rumours at a L'Oreal Paris event in October, wearing a carefully designed sequined top that hid any sign of a growing baby bump.

November 2016 - Cheryl all but confirms pregnancy rumours

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Liam Payne and Cheryl arriving at The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
 

Fans went into overdrive in November when Cheryl stepped out in a figure-hugging dress with Liam in London, proudly displaying her growing baby bump.

February 2017 - The pregnancy is finally confirmed

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Cheryl Cole.
 

Despite never officially announcing her pregnancy with a statement, Cheryl's photoshoot for L'Oreal and the Prince's Trust was ultimately her confirmation.

22 March 2017 - Cheryl and Liam welcome their new arrival

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Liam Payne posted this image of his new son online shortly after the birth of his son with Cheryl
 

On March 25th the pair announced the news on Instagram that they had welcomed their baby boy days earlier. Alongside a Polaroid photo of Liam and the newborn, Cheryl said:  "On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream.

"Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever."

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