One Direction Singer Liam Payne Dating "X-Factor" Judge

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One Direction singer Liam Payne is reportedly dating X-Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. The Sun says the pair were "secret lovers" who have dated since late 2015, when she started divorce proceedings.

The One Direction mate recently confirmed the relationship, People magazine reports.

Liam Payne and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini first met in 2010, when he, along with his future One Direction band mates, were competing on the X-Factor.

It's "been going on for awhile," a source close to Fernandez-Versini says. "Both are very similar and happy."

One Direction performed at the X-Factor finale in December, and the romance between Liam Payne, who is 22, and Fernandez-Versini, who is 32, allegedly began then. She is in the process of divorcing her husband of 19 months, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Liam Payne was previously linked to Danielle Peazer. He also dated Leona Lewis for a while. His relationship with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini seems to be the first serious one the One Direction singer has been involved in for quite some time.

Do you see a future for the players in this May-December romance, or is the One Direction band mate setting himself up for grave disappointment? If Cheryl Fernandez-Versini cheated on her husband with Liam Payne, might that mean he could one day experience something similar?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.