One Direction's Liam Payne Confirms He's Dating 'X-Factor' Judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini With Super Sweet Instagram

by Lynda Brendish 11:25 AM PST, March 08, 2016
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If there's one direction for Liam Payne, it leads straight to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

A source close to Cheryl confirms to ET that the two have been dating since late last year, and now the 1D boybander has made it official with a sweet Instagram post.

Happy #internationalwomensday to my favourite woman in the world 😘😘 hope I make you as happy as u make me X

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"Happy #internationalwomensday to my favourite woman in the world 😘😘 hope I make you as happy as u make me X," he wrote alongside a photo of Cheryl.

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Liam, 22, sparked rumors of a new romance when he posted a rose on Instagram and captioned the photo, "Happy Valentine's Day baby..."

Happy Valentine's Day baby ...🌹😉😍😘

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Last week, he posted a selfie cuddled up with the British songstress and only added a smiley face.


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The 1D singer first met the former Girls Aloud member when he auditioned for the U.K. version of The X Factor, which she was judging at the time. He was just 14 years old. Cheryl, 32, was again on the judging panel during the 2010 season that led to the formation of One Direction.

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The "Perfect" singer ended a relationship with Sophia Smith last year, while Cheryl is divorcing her husband of 19 months, Jean-Bernard Ferndandez-Versini. It's her second marriage -- she was wedded to soccer player Ashley Cole for four years, until 2010.

Liam's not the only 1D-er who is apparently into older women. Check out Harry Styles' makeout confession on Ellen in the video below.