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Liam Payne dating Cheryl Fernandez-Versini?

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Liam Payne dating Cheryl Fernandez-Versini?

Liam Payne is reportedly dating Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The One Direction hunk has been in a secret relationship with the 'X Factor' judge, who is 10 years his senior, for the past three months, according to The Sun.

A source told the newspaper: "Cheryl and Liam are in a relationship. It was unexpected but they've both made each other incredibly happy.

"Liam was really struggling with the idea of life after the band to begin with - being in the spotlight and that level of fame had started to get to him.

"But he's been so happy with Cheryl. He's been telling people close to him that he's madly in love."

Sources close to the heartthrob even claim that the new rose tattoo on his hand is a tribute to Cheryl's floral inking which covers her lower back and bum.

Liam and Cheryl first met five years ago when he auditioned for 'The X Factor' as a solo artist before Simon Cowell formed One Direction with Liam, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

Cheryl, 32, recently filed for divorce from her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, although the couple split in August.

And last year, 22-year-old Liam and his girlfriend of two years, Sophia Smith, broke up.