Just when you think that Liam Payne’s relationship with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini could not get any more bizarre, along comes a story that makes your jaw drop.
It has been widely reported that Liam and Cheryl have been dating since December of last year. Claims that Liam and Cheryl are an item emerged in February, and since then, Payne and Cheryl have been seen together on numerous occasions. Now it seems that rumors are emerging that Liam and Cheryl may have been dating even earlier than what was originally claimed.
According to the Sun, claims have emerged that Cheryl and Liam may have got together as early as October of last year. Of course, at that time, Payne was supposedly still in a relationship with Sophia Smith. It was early November when the Daily Mail was telling us that Liam was heartbroken over his split with Sophia Smith. Liam was quoted at the time as having said that he was “absolutely devastated” over his split with Smith. It was even claimed that One Direction’s cancellation of their Belfast concert at very short notice was down to Liam having a “meltdown” over the ending of his relationship.
If claims that Liam and Cheryl were dating in October are true, then it would seem that they were both cheating on their partners. The Mirror reported today that Cheryl is less than pleased about claims that she and Liam were together earlier than first claimed. The former X-Factor judge took to Twitter to lash out saying that “if anybody believes the s**t they’re reading today you really don’t know me at all.”
It seems that the claims that Cheryl and Liam got together back in October came from someone on X-Factor, but clearly those claims do not fit with the official narrative. Liam used Twitter to show his support for Cheryl by retweeting a supportive message from a fan.
It seems that Cheryl’s husband, Jean Bernard is furious because if Cheryl started seeing Liam in October, that would mean the relationship started before he and Cheryl split.
“He already feels wounded by the split, and her decision to begin dating Liam when she did. This is not going to make him any better disposed towards her.”
A spokesperson for Cheryl told the Mirror that “Jean Bernard’s information about when Cheryl started her relationship with Liam is false.”
It is difficult not to have some sympathy for both Liam and Cheryl in this situation, we should also spare a thought for Cheryl’s husband who reportedly wanted to repair his marriage to Cheryl. That said, many people will feel that Cheryl is being more than a little hypocritical about the matter. The bottom line is that she is still married to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
In the eyes of the law, when Cheryl and Liam actually started their relationship is immaterial, until Cheryl obtains a divorce she is a married woman who is in a relationship with a man who is not her husband. Many of Payne’s fans find this situation distasteful and worry that Liam is being exploited by an older woman.
Of course, in today’s society many see marriage as a transitory arrangement, but that does not stop Payne’s fans from being concerned about Liam being drawn into a situation that is most definitely not of his making. Of course many of Liam’s fans are still convinced that Payne’s relationship with Cheryl is a publicity stunt in any event. Either way, One Direction fans see Payne being drawn into yet another drama, something that they could all do without.
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