Is this real?!
According to reports in The Sun, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and former One Direction band heartthrob Liam Payne are in a secret relationship, and it's been getting hot and heavy for a few months!
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The 22-year-old Payne is allegedly "madly in love" with the 32-year-old X Factor judge, who just recently decided to divorce her husband, 35-year old Jean-Bernard.
Even though there's a ten-year age gap between Payne and Fernandez-Versini, a source apparently reveals good things about their relationship:
"Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship. It was unexpected but they've both made each other incredibly happy."
The two would have first met five years ago, when Payne was auditioning on X Factor in front of Fernandez-Versini, but they became close recently when Cheryl signed with the same management company that reps 1D!
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A source explained more about them getting together:
"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. Their relationship developed very quickly in December after the X Factor final where One Direction gave their final performance before starting their hiatus."
And while it looks interesting that Fernandez-Versini would end a marriage in December right while linking up with Payne, insiders tell The Sun that this just isn't the case:
"Cheryl and JB's marriage was over by the time he celebrated his 35th birthday without her at the end of August. It was obvious she had a very difficult few months and was deeply unhappy for some time. But it's not like she's coming straight out of her marriage and into another relationship. She had a number of months where she was officially married but it was actually already over with JB for a number of months by that point."
Hey, OK — whatever floats your boat!
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If Cheryl and Liam are happy… go for it!
What do U guys think about these relationship rumors?!
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