High-profile celebrity couple Liam Payne and Cheryl have announced that they are splitting up after two-and-a-half years together. They put out a joint statement on Twitter, saying "We are sad to announce that we are going on separate ways. It's been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family."
The couple first met in 2008 when Payne auditioned for The X Factor, with singer Cheryl being one of the judges. His first attempt was unsuccessful, however, but returned to the show two years later, becoming a part of the incredibly popular boy band One Direction. The couple began dating in late 2015.
Speculations and rumors have been circulating for months that the couple may split. Liam reportedly had been wanting to tie the knot with Cheryl, but she had rejected his marriage advances. They publicly shut down these tumors at a red carpet appearance back in February.
While they are not married, Cheryl and Liam Payne have one child together, a son named Bear, who was born in March 2017. They make reference to him in their social media announcement, saying "Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."