Cheryl and Liam Payne: Their love story from the start

We've been surprised by quite a few celebrity romances but when One Direction's Liam Payne and Cheryl confirmed they were dating we couldn't believe it

We have to admit although we were surprised when Liam Payne and Cheryl confirmed they were dating, but of course now we think they're adorable!

And as pregnancy rumours continue to swirl we thought we'd have a look back at Liam and Chezza's love story - there's a lot to see already and they haven't been together that long.

READ: Cheryl’s 'baby bump' timeline: From the first red carpet appearance to now

From X Factor auditions, divorces and breakups to Cheryl and Liam teasing the WHOLE world with with their cute photos on Instagram, here's a timeline of their love story from the VERY beginning...

Liam and Cheryl on the X Factor

The pair originally met back in 2008 when Liam first auditioned for the X Factor. Cheryl was a definitely fan of his talent and during the audition she said: "I like you, I think you're really cute. I think you've got charisma and you give us that little cheeky wink."

Unfortunately, Liam didn't make it past the judges houses in 2008 but he later auditioned for the show AGAIN in 2010. On his second appearance all the judges LOVED him, and Cheryl commented: "You've definitely got it, whatever it is you've got it. And I thought your voice was really, really powerful."

At the bootcamp stage Liam joined forces with four other boys - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - and One Direction was created.

During one week at the live performances Simon was ill and the boy band were being mentored by Cheryl instead. When they were asked how they felt about their new mentor Liam revealed they found it difficult to concentrate.

Well, she is gorgeous Liam.

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard and Liam and Sophia Smith

Before Cheryl and Liam's relationship began, Liam was in a relationship with Sophia Smith - a girl he had met at school, however in October 2015 the pair split after two years of dating.

Meanwhile, Cheryl had already surprised the world when she revealed that she had secretly married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, but it wasn't to last. The pair split after 18 months together and Cheryl filed for divorce for 'unreasonable behaviour.'

Cheryl and Liam begin dating

December 2015

There were rumours that the pair first felt a spark during the X Factor final in 2015 and One Direction's last performance together. Apparently eyewitnesses saw the pair flirting shamelessly.

14 February

On Valentine's day Liam uploaded a photo of a rose with the caption: "Happy Valentine's Day baby…"

(Remember: Chezza has that huge rose tattoo on her bum)

24 February

A couple of weeks later Cheryl uploaded a photo with the caption: "Practicing my snap #BRITs"

And Liam commented: "See you there babe"

People began wondering if the pair are an item or not.

27 February

Liam and Cheryl were spotted shopping in Tesco's in Guildford and the person who took the photo wrote: "It was definitely Cheryl and Liam but unfortunately I didn't get a picture.

"They were in my local Tesco in Guildford at midnight."

28 February

Liam and Cheryl confirmed their relationship by Liam updating his Instagram photo to a picture of the pair looking loved up and wrote in his bio 'Happy'.

Liam deleted all pictures of his ex-girlfriend Sophia and unfollowed her on Instagram. Awkward.

29 February

Cheryl hit back at her online trolls by changing her Instagram bio to: "When people hate on you, it's because you've got something they want. All love… good vibes only"

Although she later deleted the first bit and left it as "All love… good vibes only."

March 3

The pair then teased the world with pictures of each, Cheryl uploaded a selfie featuring Liam's arm. Liam then uploaded a photo of the pair posing for a photo – awwww these two!

March 5

Liam and Chezza were then spotted for the first time in public since they confirmed their relationship at a casino in Mayfair.

March 8

A source told Closer magazine: "Cheryl fell for Liam extremely fast – she didn't think it was possible to fall in love so quickly after her whirlwind romance with JB, but she's fallen even faster this time.

"Once their relationship took off, they were saying 'I love you' within a few weeks."

March 9

Cheryl and Liam were spotted holding hands leaving Salmontini restaurant in London.

March 11

Cheryl defends her relationship in an emotional Instagram post. The picture she uploaded read: "Girls compete with each other. Women empower one another"

She captioned the photo: "It can be so hard at times being a girl for sooo many reasons! But we don't have to make it harder for each other…

"Why do we still feel the need to do that?? I don't understand it. I have always been a girls girl, and love other strong women."

She continued: "That is why I surround myself with them, and that is why I try to empower others. Trying to pull another person down, only speaks volumes about your character!

"And not a thing about theirs… There's nothing more powerful or beautiful than an inspiring, strong women that can look up to or turn to… Be one!!!"

March 25

Cheryl posted a photo of Liam carrying a BUNCH of Easter eggs on Instagram.

April 3

Simon Cowell spoke about Liam and Cheryl's relationship. The X Factor boss revealed: "I saw them together and we had a really nice dinner.

"They were on good form. They're like two little chipmunks madly in love.

"Literally, they were so cute."

How adorable!

April 11

In April Liam posted a video on Instagram of himself and Cheryl training his dog and although the puppy doesn't listen to Liam he does listen to Cheryl's commands.

April 12

Liam and Cheryl were spotted again looking VERY cute at the London restaurant Sexy Fish.

May 9

Liam and Cheryl had their first red carpet moment together at the Global Gift Gala in Paris. After this event rumours started as to whether Cheryl was pregnant after people noticed a tiny 'bump'.

May 12

A few days later the happy couple appeared together on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

May 17

Cheryl on Liam Payne: "He will be the perfect dad!"

A source told Closer magazine: "When friends have quizzed her [Cheryl] about what's happening with Liam she's been saying she's letting it all happen naturally – and that Liam will be the perfect dad!"

June 11

Liam and Cheryl attend his sister Ruth's wedding as a couple and looked VERY stylish.

June 19

Liam's sister defended her own wedding dress and Cheryl's outfit after seeing negative articles online. On Twitter she wrote: "Did something I shouldn't and read comments on online articles (Daily Mail in particular) about my wedding.

"What a sad world we live in where people tear strips off others for no reason. I loved my wedding dress, I felt like a princess, I also lost 3st to feel as beautiful as I did in it, that was hard work when I'm a naturally chunky girl, not everyone needs to be a size 10 to get married.

"I also had no say over my wedding, I don't know who does have a say but considering my brother's girlfriend is one of the most beautiful women in the world she can wear anything and still look stunning as she did at my wedding.

"There's enough hate in the world without people writing nasty stuff about people they don't know."

June 19

Pregnancy rumours started to pick up after a source told The Sun: "It's very serious now between Cheryl and Liam and they have been talking among close friends about starting a family."

July 9

Cheryl revealed on Instagram that the pair have bought an adorable puppy together. She uploaded a snap of Liam and the new miniature dog with the caption: "Our new family member he is beyond cute… The dog is adorable too"


July 30

Simon Cowell admitted that Cheryl would be an amazing mum. Although he didn't confirm or deny whether Cheryl is pregnant Simon did tell the Mirror: "Cheryl would be an amazing mum. I have seen her with my son Eric and other kids over the years and she is incredible."


September 15

Liam changed his Twitter bio to read: "Luckiest man in the world" which fuelled any pregnancy rumours further.

September 21

Liam shared a cute photo of the pair wearing face masks. He captioned the photo: "I miss you! The things you make me do. Home soon!"

How adorable are they?

September 25

Cheryl's mum was pictured buying a pregnancy pillow in Mothercare and after this photo surfaced the pregnancy rumours were at an all-time high.

October 3

After being fairly absent from social media Cheryl uploaded a stunning selfie on Instagram with a butterfly filter.

October 20

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard's divorce was finalised.

October 27

Cheryl had a perfume signing for her fans. Chezza sat behind her desk during her perfume signing but was stil happy to take pictures with fans.

November 2

It was revealed that Cheryl was the new face of Childline and after being absent from the television she appeared on The One Show but pregnancy rumours were not mentioned.

November 29

Cheryl and Liam stepped out and attended the Fayre of St James Christmas Carol Concert in London and everyone got to see Cheryl's growing 'baby bump'. Well wishers started piling in with messages of congratulations, while Dan Wooton confirmed the news on Lorraine the following day, saying Cheryl had been through a rough time, and wasn't going to make a formal announcement, but that the couple are over the moon.

Congratulations guys!

December 1

After Cheryl showed off her 'baby bump' rumours of her 'pregnancy' were sent into overdrive. Liam's sister spoke out about the news and said on Twitter: "Bump or no bump, announced or not, it's completely up to my brother and Cheryl what parts of their private lives they choose to share and when"

December 5

The former One Direction member took their relationship one step further and followed Chezza on Instagram. Before, Liam only followed his ex-girlfriend Sophia Smith but when the pair split up he unfollowed her and followed no one else on the social media site.

With over 12million followers on Instagram Liam now only follows Cheryl - this must be love, right?

December 8

Apparently Liam is planning to propose to Cheryl after she's 'given birth'. According to the Daily Star a friend of the couple told the publication the One Direction star got inspiration from Kimberley Walsh and Justin Scott. They said: "It's given Liam so many ideas. There will definitely be wedding bells sooner than we expected."


December 9

After Louis Walsh was asked how he'd feel if Simon Cowell brought Cheryl back to the X Factor judging panel he told Huffington Post: "Well Simon wouldn't invite Cheryl back because we have Nicole.

"We have Nicole [Scherzinger] and Sharon [Osbourne], we don't need another girl. So go and f—k off now!

"No silly questions, seriously… It's not about Cheryl. Don't be stupid, man."

Things didn't end there though because Liam soon took to Twitter to defend his girlfriend and hit back at Louis.

On the social media platform he wrote: "Congratulations Louis Walsh for setting the worst example on handling media for his band who are about to step into a very hard industry."

"Maybe it's about time you realise it's not all about you and shut the f—k up for once, let them speak."

Cheryl simply replied to Liam's tweet saying: "Oh..."

Yes Liam! Sticking up for the lady in your life.

December 12

Closer Online unveiled a picture of what Liam and Cheryl's 'baby' could look like. What do you think?

December 20

During the run up to Christmas the couple posted funny festive cards on social media. How cute are they as a couple.

December 25

On Christmas Day Cheryl uploaded an ADORABLE photo of herself and Liam using the elf Snapchat filter. She wrote on Instagram: "Merry Christmas from our families to yours. Hope you've had a great day."


Cheryl and Liam's festive Snapchat (Credit: Instagram / cherylofficial)

January 18

The world was sent into frenzy after Cheryl's hairdresser Wendy Iles posted a video of Chezza on a shoot featuring a rare glimpse of her 'baby bump'.

January 29

People began to wonder whether Liam had a tattoo dedicated to Cheryl after fans noticed he had a new tat on his arm of an eye that resembles Cheryl's. A fan wrote on Twitter: "First he brought the sparkle back to her eyes, then he got it tattooed."

February 3

Shortly after Beyonce announced she's expecting twins, rumour's began to swirl that Cheryl was going to pose for a 'pregnancy' photoshoot. Mariano Vivanco posted a cyrptic picture on his Instagram story before quickly deleting it, but it read: "My Devine @cherylofficial..."

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