One Direction celeb Liam Payne and then X Factor judge Cheryl decided to call it quits with their relationship after two years and six months of live-in relationship. The celebrity duo went public with their relationship status back in 2016. However, the decade wide age gap between Liam Payne and Cheryl raised a lot of eyebrows while the couple was still together, but as they say, age is just a number when it comes to love and relationships. Read on to get the inside story on how the couple met, the reason behind their split, and if they have a son together.
How Did Liam Payne and Cheryl Meet?
Cheryl who is in her mid-thirties and Liam in his mid-twenties met on the stage of 2009 The X Factor when the wannabe popstar came for an audition, while Cheryl sat on the panel as one of the judges. Liam later went on to achieve mega-stardom after One Direction. The duo actually hooked up at the onset of 2016 while Cheryl was involved in divorce proceedings with her husband number two Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
In spite of the decade-long age gap between them, the celeb duo looked completely taken with each other when they came on the red carpet for the first time, and have been quite open with their dalliance since then. We would be right to surmise that Liam was more love-struck than Cheryl as he wasted no time in tattooing his pregnant girlfriend’s eye on his arm as a sweet tribute to her.
Does Liam Payne Have a Son with Cheryl?
Liam Payne and Cheryl do have a son named Bear. The beautiful baby boy arrived on the 22nd of March 2017. According to Liam, his baby mama is a fantastic mum, describing her as completely awesome. Cheryl’s former live-in lover made this disclosure when he appeared on Jonathan Ross show, he further praised the mother of his son by saying that Cheryl never came on to him while he was out working or doing any other thing, he credits her with being an understanding woman.
On his relationship with Bear, Liam said that the boy comes over to his house from time to time and they just spend time together hanging out somewhere. The ex-One Direction member describes his son as an easy-going child, despite their split; the co-parents have resolved to give the best to their son.
Why Did They Split?
Liam Payne and Cheryl took the decision to call it quits a couple of weeks before the story hit the airwaves. Consequently, Liam left their Surrey mansion that is worth an estimated £5m. According to friends of the former couple, the duo is determined to remain as good friends in a bid to take care of their son Bear.
One of their close pals revealed that the co-parents really tried at fixing their relationship – they had troubles earlier in the year but succeeded in surmounting them. However, being in different stages of their lives made the duo to come to terms with the fact that it would be the best for them if they called it quits at that stage in their relationship.
The story of their split came to public attention on the 17th of February 2018, through The Sun. According to the ensuing reports, Liam’s constant tours in a bid to promote his budding solo career put a palpable strain on their relationship which facilitated their decision to split. For Cheryl, none of it matters and even when she made her first television appearance after the split, she did her best in shrugging off questions about her collapsed relationship with Liam.
The ex-lovers later released a statement in confirmation of their breakup. Liam Payne and Cheryl took to social media to share a message, saying that it was quite a tough decision, but they have resolved to move on with their lives by terminating their relationship of two and a half years. The ex-couple went further to say that they still love each other as one family and that their world revolves around Bear, craving people’s indulgence to respect the little boy’s privacy as they navigate their way out of the situation. Sources who had inside information about the duo said that their split was done amicably without the influence of any third party.