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.
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.