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Liam Payne 'misses' Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Liam Payne 'misses' Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Liam Payne has gushed about how much he "misses" Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he works on his new album in the US.

The One Direction hunk is currently across the pond recording his solo debut LP after being signed to Capitol Records and, although he'll soon be reunited with his lover in the UK, he couldn't resist sending her a sweet message on Instagram.

The 23-year-old hunk uploaded a photograph of him and Cheryl wearing a green face mask on his account on Tuesday (20.09.16) night along with the heartfelt caption: "I miss you! ... The things you make me do, home soon!"

However, it's highly unlikely the 33-year-old singer will return the gesture as she hasn't been on her social networking sites for almost a month and was last seen in public in June.

Her online absence has sent rumours into overdrive as fans believe she could be pregnant with her and Liam's first child.

And her former 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell seemingly added fuel to the fire in July when he said she'd make a great mother because she's a "natural" with his two-year-old son Eric.

He said at the time: "I guess that is what happens when you are with someone. Cheryl would be an amazing mum.

"I have seen her with my son Eric and other kids over the years and she is incredible. She is very good with them.

"I think she is in a good place in her life right now. I had dinner with her a couple of months ago with Liam [Payne] and they were great. I saw her the other night and she was on great form. She stays in contact on phone and text and she is good. But I do think she misses working with me."

Cheryl and Liam - who have a 10-year age gap between them - have been the hot topic of conversation since they struck up a relationship in December as their romance came just a few months after she split from her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

The 'Crazy Stupid Love' hitmaker tied the knot with Jean-Bernard - also known as JB - in July 2014 following a three-month courtship but things came crashing down a year later.