Cheryl and Liam Payne split up

Cheryl and Liam Payne - "A tough decision for us to make"

Cheryl and Liam Payne have announced that they have split up after two-and-a-half years together.

The stars announced to their followers on social media that they were "going our separate ways" in what had been "a tough decision for us to make".

Cheryl

@CherylOfficial

We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It's 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.

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The former couple are parents to one-year-old son Bear.

Liam

@LiamPayne

Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It's 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.

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"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," the joint statement added.

British tabloid The Sun has claimed Cheryl, aged 35, and Payne, 24, agreed to amicably split two weeks ago.

One Direction's Payne first met Girls Aloud singer-turned-solo-star Cheryl when he auditioned as a 14-year-old performer on The X Factor in 2008. She was a judge on the ITV show at the time.

Their paths would cross again two years later when Payne joined One Direction on The X Factor. The boyband finished third on the series before going on to global stardom.

In February of this year, Cheryl and Payne presented a united front at the Brit Awards amid speculation that their relationship was in trouble.

Cheryl later dismissed talk that her appearance with Payne at the Brit Awards was a "stunt", describing the claims as "just ludicrous and a bit weird".

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