Liam Payne is living the dream, with his favorite girl by his side.
The One Directioner opened up about his relationship with girlfriend Cheryl Cole in a cover story for the new issue of the U.K.'s Rollacoaster magazine
"This is the thing. In a non-cliché way, it's weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream," the 23-year-old singer explains before gushing over his 33-year-old girlfriend. "Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world, and she’s absolutely amazing."
The duo first met in 2008, when Payne was just 14 years old. At the time, Payne was auditioning for the X Factor U.K., while Cole was a judge on the show.
But a romance between the two didn't blossom until years later. "She's been my dream girl since I was younger," Payne confesses. "She's so ace."
The English born singer went on to share how Cole's pop career benefits their relationship.
"She is a wonderful, wonderful person, and it's amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things -- someone who’s taken greater steps than me," he says. "Her solo career was amazing. She's been in the industry for 14 years now."
"We're super happy. It's a very personal, precious time for us," Payne adds. "I'm still learning. I’m only 23."
This isn't the first time that Payne has gone on the record about Cole, who recently debuted her baby bump. Although the couple has yet to officially confirm whether or not they’re expecting a child together, when a fan asked Payne if he was "happy" during a Q&A last year, he replied, "The happiest I could be."