They’ve managed to keep their secret romance under wraps for several months.
But supposedly fresh details of the relationship between Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne continue to surface – including new reports they sealed their romance with a Caribbean holiday, earlier this month.
In a report by The Mirror, it’s claimed that the pair jetted-off to a remote island for a private break, early February…as Cheryl’s marriage to Jean-Bernard began to publicly collapse.
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Did they or didn’t they? Fresh reports claim Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne sealed their romance with a Caribbean holiday, earlier this month
They detail how the pair ‘went on holiday together to a private Caribbean resort’ – allegedly, after she spoke openly about her marriage woes.
It comes just three weeks after Cheryl posted a snap of herself in Barbados, where she looked decidedly elated. She captioned the image with: ‘Take me back to last Sunday. What a day!!!’.
The figure of a man can be seen in the reflection of her designer sunglasses, although it’s not clear who he is.
Rumours: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and One Direction’s Liam Payne – pictured in London on Friday – are secret lovers, according to reports
The insider said: ‘With Liam it’s just completely relaxed. They’ve come from the same place and totally understand each other and the pressures each of them has, so there is no need to put on a front.
‘Of course they have known each other for a long time, and always got on very well, but it was only in December that they began talking of getting together.
‘It’s early days and who knows exactly what will happen, but her family are happy for her and she’s enjoying herself.’
His and hers: Liam’s recent hand tattoo (left) seems to reflect the same design as Cheryl’s famous bottom inking (right)
Hot new romance: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne, pictured at The X Factor final last December, are rumoured to be dating
The latest development comes after it seemed the 1D star couldn’t resist sending a cryptic cheeky Valentine’s message to his rumoured new girlfriend two weeks ago.
At the time, 1D fans probably assumed it was a general sweet message for them, but it now takes on a whole new meaning following news of his romance with Cheryl.
While Cheryl and Liam are yet to confirm their new relationship, it looks like word of their coupling has reached her estranged husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
A gift for Cheryl? Liam posted a cryptic photo of a single red rose on Valentine’s Day
Something to say: Cheryl’s estranged husband posted a saying on his Instagram page following news of his wife’s new romance
The French businessman, who split from Cheryl last August after 13 months of marriage, shared a cryptic post on Instagram.
Jean-Bernard, 35, posted an illustration of a lion, with the words: ‘I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry and accept an apology I never received.’
Although the former Girls Aloud singer hasn’t commented on the split, she started divorce proceedings last December.
Splitsville: Cheryl and estranged husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini parted in August, with the singer filing for divorce last December
Cheryl and Liam’s hot new romance was first reported by The Sun newspaper on Saturday, which claimed the pair had been dating since December after getting reacquainted at The X Factor final.
A friend of the pair 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.
Same place, same time: Both Liam – pictured with One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson – and Cheryl both attended Wednesday’s BRIT Awards, but weren’t pictured together
‘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.’
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 on The X Factor in 2008 – while Cheryl, 10 years his senior, was a judge and he was just 14.
He didn’t get through, but returned in 2010 as a 16-year-old and progressed through to judges’ houses, eventually being chosen to join One Direction.
When Cheryl met Liam: The pair met for the second time on the X Factor in 2010 when Liam was just a 16-year-old wannabe pop star
Liam wowed the judges with his performance of Cry Me A River, but was chosen to become part of One Direction rather than progress on the show as a solo artist.
After listening to his first audition in 2010, Cheryl gushed: ‘You’ve definitely got it, whatever “it” is, you’ve got it.
‘I thought your voice was really, really powerful.’
She went on to mentor Liverpudlian singer Rebecca Ferguson, while One Direction were guided through by Simon Cowell.
Representative for Liam and Cheryl declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
Long-term: Liam was dating girlfriend Sophia Smith for two years after his meteoric rise to fame