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One Direction's Liam Payne stokes rumours of Cheryl romance

One Direction star Liam Payne has appeared to confirm he is in a relationship with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by posting a picture of the pair on Instagram.

The boyband heartthrob (22) changed his profile picture on the social network to show him bare-chested alongside Fernandez-Versini (32), who is making a peace sign with her hand.

The bio for the account, which has 8.9 million followers, simply reads 'Happy'.

Reports in recent days have suggested the global teen idol is in a relationship with the singer and X Factor judge, who is going through a divorce from her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

It is reported that the couple shared a Valentine's Day holiday in The Maldives.

Bookmaker Coral has offered odds of 6/1 that the couple will get engaged in 2016, and odds of 2/1 that they perform a duet before the end of the year.

It is offering 1/3 that the couple will confirm they are an item this year.

John Hill of Coral said: "Some punters were quick to call this romance in December as we took bets on the pair hooking up in 2016 as part of our new year specials."

Fernandez-Versini was previously married to England footballer Ashley Cole.

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