New parents Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole announce they have split

One Direction star Liam Payne has shocked fans, announcing he and partner Cheryl Cole have decided to go their “separate ways”.

The couple, who have been together for two years and share a 1-year-old son, made the announcement on social media on Sunday.

“Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways,” the statement read.


The pair told their 40 million followers that it has “been a tough decision for us to make.”

“We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

Liam and Cheryl first met on X Factor U.K in 2008. Liam was a contestant on the talent show while Cheryl was a judge.

They have been in a relationship since December 2015.