Liam Payne calls Cheryl ‘my favourite woman in the world’ in gushing post

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Liam Payne is no longer keeping coy about his relationship with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, calling her his “favourite woman in the world”.

The One Direction star shared a snap of Cheryl on Instagram to celebrate International Women’s Day, and rounded off his message with a kiss.

He wrote: “Happy International Womens Day to my favourite woman in the world. Hope I make you as happy as you make me X.”

When a picture (and caption) speak a thousand words, the gesture seems to confirm a romantic relationship between Liam, 22, and Cheryl, 32.

Now everybody’s wading in on the romance.

Liam’s ex Sophia Smith told Now magazine, “It’s so weird.

“I knew about them a little while ago, but who thought it would actually come out? I didn’t.”

Former X Factor contestant Katie Waissel, who had a war of words with Cheryl and claims to be a close friend of Liam’s, told Heat magazine: “I’m not really sure what to make of it.

“I know Liam so well and he is such a sweetheart. I don’t want her to hurt him. I would just never put them together.”

Mysterious “sources” are getting plenty of coverage too, with one telling Heat that they’ve moved in together and Cheryl has redecorated Liam’s place.

Another told Closer that the couple are already talking about babies after the birth of 1D star Louis’s son Freddie made Liam broody.

If it’s all to be believed, she’ll be Cheryl Payne by this time next year!