Liam Payne and Cheryl did not "secretly split," nor are they "on a time out," despite a bogus new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk the breakup rumors. We're told the two are still very much together for now.
According to the Australian tabloid NW, Payne and Cheryl have been living mostly separate lives since welcoming their baby boy Bear last March. An alleged "source" tells the magazine that the One Direction singer spends most of his time on the road, leaving his girlfriend at home to care for their son.
The questionable source goes on to speculate that Cheryl is also jealous of Payne getting close to Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with on the song "For You," which is featured on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. The two pretended to kiss while performing their duet on "The Tonight Show" last month, but of course, it was all theatrics to promote the sexy new movie.
The outlet's supposed insider further contends that Cheryl has been losing weight as a result of her supposed relationship problems, adding, "She's been putting herself under intense pressure." But, as opposed to the tabloid relying on an unnamed and untraceable "source," Gossip Cop checked in with a rep for Payne, who exclusively assures us that the magazine's article is simply "not true." The singer and his girlfriend haven't split at this point.
Although it's true that Payne's music career requires him to travel, he's regularly in contact with his girlfriend whenever he's out of town. We're further told that Cheryl isn't bothered by Payne's working relationship with Ora, and she's not having any type of eating issues either. The new parents are very happy to share a son together, and claims otherwise are currently baseless.
Interestingly, the very same day this story came out, on the other side of the spectrum were rumors that Cheryl and Payne were engaged after she attended an event for The Prince's Trust at St. James' Palace. Cheryl was spotted wearing a diamond ring as she shook hands with Prince Charles at the gala. And while her relationship with Payne is in tact, we're also told the couple is also engaged.
Unfortunately, Gossip Cop has had to correct several inaccurate stories surrounding Payne and Cheryl's relationship. We recently busted a tabloid story claiming that the One Direction star was begging his girlfriend to move from the U.K. to Los Angeles. The gossip media seems to have little insight into Payne and Cheryl's love life, and NW's bogus article about a breakup that didn't happen is another example.
UPDATE: While it was untrue several months ago that the couple was splitting up, relationships sometimes don't work out for a variety of reasons and in July 2018 Payne and Cheryl eventually went their separate ways. Payne wrote on Twitter, "It's been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.