CHERYL Fernandez-Versini is reportedly dating Liam Payne.
The X Factor judge and the One Direction heartthrob have apparently been seeing in each other in secret for a short time.
The sensational new claims come after a source told The Sun that the pair are “madly in love”.
“Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship,” they said. “It was unexpected but they’ve both made each other incredibly happy.”
They added: “Cheryl has obviously known Liam for many years. They’ve always got on well because they are both northern and share many of the same interests. But there was never anything romantic between them in the past.”
Cheryl, 32, first met the 22 year old in 2010 when he auditioned for the X Factor where she was a judge.
They were recently caught flirting on Instagram when Cheryl posted a snap of herself preparing for the BRIT Awards with Liam commenting: “See you there babe” followed by a wink emoji.
However, neither of them have even referenced the rumoured romance on social media and they haven’t been pictured together in recent months.
The source continued: “Cheryl is like a different person. She’s carefree and happy again. There’s a lot less stress in her life.”
Before adding, “Liam was really struggling with the idea of life after the band to begin with – being in the spotlight and that level of fame had started to get to him. But he’s been so happy with Cheryl. He’s been telling people close to him that he’s madly in love.”
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