Tuesday 20 February 2018

'I was watching her when I was a kid and now we're together with a kid' - Liam Payne gushes over Cheryl

Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne at Sexy Fish restaurant on April 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne at Salmontini restarant on March 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl and Liam
Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Liam Payne has gushed over his relationship with girlfriend of nearly two years Cheryl, describing himself as "X Factor's biggest winner".

The One Direction star (24) first met his other half back in 2008: he was a 14-year-old aspiring singer auditioning on the reality show, where she was a judge, which is where his crush first developed. They remained friends throughout his time on the show and in January 2016, they went public with their relationship, four months after Cheryl (34) divorced her second husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini.

Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl and Liam Payne

It's clear Liam always harboured a flame for his teenage crush and still can't believe his luck that they're an item - and have a son Bear (six months) together.

"It's a ridiculous place to be in. She's even more amazing than I thought. I was watching her do Fight For This Love [her debut solo single, from 2009] when I was a kid, and now we're together with a kid. I feel like I'm X Factor's biggest winner," he told the Telegraph magazine.

Payne identifies as feeling exceptionally mature for his age, balancing being a teenager in the public eye, while also keeping his feet on the ground.

"I was put with a group of rowdy teenagers, and when I was a teenager, I had mates, but I was always with my dad. I'd go out to the pub and chat with him. So when I was stuck with these boys I was thinking, "f*** me, I don’t know how to do it."

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)

"When something was going wrong, I’d get a phone call. If there was an apology needed, it was me. I was the spokesperson for the band, as it were, with the press and the label."

He has never been shy about gushing over his love for his girlfriend, who is considerably more press shy after being bitted badly over the years.

Cheryl Cole attends the #GAME4GRENFELL at Loftus Road on September 2, 2017 in London, England. The charity football match has been set up to benefit those who were affected in the Grenfell Tower disaster. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole attends the #GAME4GRENFELL at Loftus Road on September 2, 2017 in London, England. The charity football match has been set up to benefit those who were affected in the Grenfell Tower disaster. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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