The singers, Liam Payne and Cheryl Tweedy made their “tough decision” to split up after two years, two weeks ago, with reports that the break-up is amicable with “no third parties involved”.
Describing how they “still have so much love for each other as a family”, they added: “Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together”. They announced that they were “going our separate ways” in nearly-identical posts to their 40 million Twitter followers.
On Sunday, Hours before their split, Payne reminisced about his rise to fame in a Twitter post. He said: “When I auditioned for X factor 10 years ago I had a hole in my George Asda shoes, borrowed Armandi jeans from a friend just a 14-year-old boy with big dreams … crazy what ten years can do… thank you”.
‘The Sun newspaper’ said: “Cheryl and Liam worked really hard on their relationship – they had troubles earlier this year and were able to get through them. But they’re in different stages of their lives and, after a lot of careful thought, came to a decision that it’s best for everyone if they do go their separate ways. He still cares for her and she cares for him. They still have an ongoing relationship together. They have a baby together. Both Cheryl and Liam have successful careers that take a lot of time, which didn’t always make things easy. There were ups and downs for a long time”.
On Friday, Cheryl celebrated her birthday with former Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. On Mother’s Day, Payne paid tribute to his partner with a social media post.