'They're madly in love': Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and 1D's Liam Payne 'have been secretly dating since December'... and they've even got 'his and hers' tattoos
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and One Direction singer Liam Payne are secretly dating.
The pop duo, who share a 10 year age gap, are said to be been seeing each other since December, according to The Sun.
Cheryl, 32, and Liam, 22, grew close after the X Factor decided to divorce her husband, Jean-Bernard, and they even appear to have matching 'his and hers' tattoos.
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Rumours: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and One Direction's Liam Payne are secret lovers, according to sensational new claims by The Sun
While the claims are yet to be confirmed by either party it seems that they do share a rose tattoo in common - Cheryl's on her behind and Liam's more recent inking on his hand.
A friend of the pair allegedly told the newspaper: 'Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship. It was unexpected but they’ve both made each other incredibly happy.
'They’ve always got on well 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. Liam is madly in love. This is the real deal.'
His and hers: Liam's recent hand tattoo (left) seems to reflect the same design as Cheryl's famous bottom inking (right)
On the rebound? Cheryl is reportedly divorcing her husband, Jean-Bernard, after less than 2 years together
New love? In a front-page report by The Sun , the unlikely duo are said to have indulged in a clandestine romance which dates back to December and will no doubt shock fans - Liam is seen here with bandmate Louis Tomlinson on Wednesday
Insider gossip: A friend of the pair allegedly told the newspaper: 'Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship. It was unexpected but they’ve both made each other incredibly happy'
On the rocks? Friends say the romance between Cheryl and Liam happened as her current marriage collapsed
Links have also been drawn by the fact Liam has a rose tattoo on his hand, first revealed in December - which looks strikingly similar to Cheryl's body art on her lower back.
The pair famously met when Liam auditioned for 1D on The X Factor - which Cheryl, ten years his senior, was already a panelist on.
At the time she was the mentor for Liverpudlian singer Rebecca Ferguson, while they were guided through to success by Simon Cowell.
Naturally, since then, they have both enjoyed rather contrasting love lives.
Cringe: Cheryl dated the likes of Derek Hough and Tre Holloway before her infamous marriage to footballer Ashley Cole in 2007, which - dogged by allegations of infidelity - ended in divorce after three and a half years.
Back in the day: The couple first met in 2004 and married three years later - but it ended in disaster
Cheryl dated the likes of Derek Hough and Tre Holloway after her infamous marriage to footballer Ashley Cole in 2007, which ended in divorce after three and a half years following allegations of his infidelity.
Then, in July 2014, she announced her surprise marriage to Jean-Bernard, whom she had been dating for just three months.
It was recently claimed that Cheryl is planning to divorce him as their relationship continues to disintegrate/
Long-term: Liam was dating girlfriend Sophia Smith for two years after his meteoric rise to fame
Meanwhile, Liam enjoyed a two year relationship with girlfriend Sophia Smith, a former school friend, but the couple grew apart and separated in December 2015.
Prior to that he dated dancer Danielle Peazer, 27, - who he met on The X Factor - for three years before parting ways in May 2013.
A representative for Liam was contacted by MailOnline, but declined to comment. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's spokesperson has also been contacted, but are yet to receive a response.
Former flames: Liam's first love was X Factor dancer Danielle Peazer, who he dated for three years before splitting in 2013
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