Cheryl Fernandez-Versini dating One Direction's Liam Payne?

Published Saturday, Feb 27 2016, 08:37 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is dating One Direction's Liam Payne, according to a new report.

And, once we got over the initial shock, it kind of makes sense!

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini shares selfie with instagram fans, December 2015

© Instagram / @cherylofficial

Mason Noise and Liam Payne backstage at The X Factor
13 December

© Instagram / @itsmasonnoise

Although The X Factor judge, 32, is still married to husband Jean-Bernard, 35, they are reportedly estranged.

Now, The Sun claims that Cheryl and Liam are in a "secret relationship".

 Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction arrive for The 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

© Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Liam is said to be "madly in love" with the singer, who is 10 years his senior - and the relationship is believed to have started in December.

According to the report, the 22-year-old's rose tattoo on his hand is a tribute to Cheryl's similar inking (on her bum) - well stranger things HAVE happened in the land of celebrity!

A photo posted by Liam Payne (@fakeliampayne) on

A friend of the pair tells the newspaper: "Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship. It was unexpected but they've both made each other incredibly happy."

They first met five years ago when he auditioned for The X Factor and she was on the judging panel.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell appear on The X Factor, 21 November 2015.

© Twitter / @TheXFactor

In January, it was reported that Cheryl was divorcing JB citing "irreconcilable differences", but he is said to want her back.

Liam, meanwhile, split from his girlfriend Sophia Smith in October, after two years together.

Liam and Cheryl both attended the Brit Awards on Wednesday night.

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