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Cheryl and Liam Payne split after two-and-a-half-years together

Cheryl Tweedy, 35, and Liam Payne, 24, have announced they are splitting up after two and a half years together

The former Girls Aloud star and One Direction member shared the news in posts on social media.

Cheryl and Liam have a son, Bear, who was born in March last year.

The couple said they were "sad" to make the announcement, and it had been a "tough decision to make", adding: "We still have so much love for each other as a family".

Cheryl tweeted: "Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."

See the tweet below:

According to The Sun, Cheryl and Liam made the decision two weeks ago and the One Direction heartthrob has now moved out of the £5million mansion they shared in Surrey.

The Sun reports that, friends insist the pair will remain close friends to continue to parent their one-year-old son Bear together.

A pal told The Sun: “Cheryl and Liam worked really hard on their relationship – they had troubles earlier this year and were able to get through them.

“But they’re in different stages of their lives and, after a lot of careful thought, came to a decision that it’s best for everyone if they do go their separate ways.

“He still cares for her and she cares for him. They still have an ongoing relationship together. They have a baby together.

Sources close to the couple say the split is amicable and there is no third party involved, The Sun reported.

A friend explained: “This was a mutual loving decision. There is no animosity – they made the call based on what’s best for their family.

“They get on great and this was a decision they made taking into account what’s right for their son.

“But they are adamant they will be the best possible parents to Bear by both being in his life.

My view: Liam Payne deserve a gold medal for being able to stay with Cheryl Tweedy for two and a half years, relationship like that doesn't work, as it was based on infactuation. It just goes to show that there's every thing wrong with this woman as she always play the victim card for public sympathy, especially when she was with her first husband Ashley Cole. Oh, Cheryl said the media should please respect her son's privacy, please give me a break, no one will write anything about an innocent child, that you have been hiding. Just to remind some people that the only superstar in the estranged relationship is Liam Payne. Also when your boyfriend calls you 'old Chezza' (old), you just know that he's tired of being with a bossy cougar, and to make matters worse Cheryl's mother lives with them, I rest my case.