Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole have broken up after more than two years and a one-year-old son together.
Both of them took to Twitter to announce that they had split up.
The couple met all the way back in 2008 when a 14-year-old Liam auditioned for X Factor. Cheryl, who was one of the judges, sent him through to Boot Camp and he was later cut out of the competition by Simon. They reunited at the 2015 X Factor final, where One Direction were performing. They were seen hugging during an ad break, which later made fans think this was the moment something happened between them.
In January 2016, Cheryl filed for divorce from her husband, Jean-Bernard, and soon after the couple were dating. On 22nd March 2017, Cheryl gave birth to their baby boy, Bear. The couple announced the birth on Instagram on the 25th of March.
In October 2017, Liam released his song Bedroom Floor, which he said was all about Cheryl trying to break up with him and him trying to hold on. He told The Sun, “There’s one song that is basically phone call that happened between me and her when she was about to let it go. This is a long time ago. And it’s basically me trying to cling on and say: ‘No, no, no it’s all going to work out, don’t worry about it, give it time.’”
The two were also rumored to be facing trouble in the few months leading to their split. According to sources, Liam wanted to make it official and get married after the birth of their son in March 2017, but Cheryl refused to settle down with the 24 year old. A source told Daily Mail, “Liam is smitten with his little boy and wants things to work between him and Cheryl, so thought talk of marriage was a positive step. But she just doesn’t seem to be thinking in the same sort of way and has made it clear that’s not on the cards at the moment, which he saw as a real snub.”
Fans immediately took to social media to voice their thoughts on the break up.
i cant believe liam and cheryl already broke up and i still dont have an idea what bear looks like pic.twitter.com/0fj83n37Rg
— kyrstene (@ificouldfIyIive) July 1, 2018
Liam: Cheryl and I broke up 🙁
Also Liam: thats so sad, Alexa play tio by zayn Malik
— ever since ny (@twinklarents) July 1, 2018
LIAM AND CHERYL HAS BROKEN UP WTF – I THOUGHT THEY WAS GONNA GET MARRIED
— Smilla misses H (@onlylovinstyles) July 1, 2018
So, who’s shocked that Liam and Cheryl are over?! Oh right, no one!! Lmao 😂😂
— Addie ◟̽◞̽🌈 (@sunshinetommo28) July 1, 2018
Thought all along Cheryl and Liam wouldn’t last , what a shame when they have a little boy together , just seemed like they were quite a mismatch 🤔
— Maria Fowler (@MariaFowler) July 1, 2018
me trying to look surprised and upset abt liam and cheryl breaking up pic.twitter.com/WDZwyStqPT
— g (@twoghostsdlx) July 1, 2018
While others are saying they saw it coming or are reacting in shock to the split, one fan in particular is convinced that the whole thing is a strategic publicity stunt.
Cheryl has been married twice before, once to Ashley Cole and then to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.