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One Direction's Liam Payne Dating Cheryl Fernandez-Versini? Singers New Instagram Status

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(Photo : Getty Images/Christopher Polk) One Direction's Liam Payne is reportedly in a solid relationship with singer and "X-Factor" judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

One Direction's sexy singer Liam Payne is being linked to "X-Factor" judge Cheryl Fernandez, but fans aren't happy with their hookup, particularly since the sassy singer fired back at haters of the couple on Instagram!

The sassy "X-Factor" judge has put fans who would rather she not spend time with Payne with a quip that can't be argued with.

Said Fernandez-Versini briefly on her profile on the social media site, "When people hate on you it's because you've got something they want!"

The "X-Factor" judge then changed her status to, "All love, good vibes only!"

Payne changed his Instagram message to simply read, "Happy."

The One Direction singer confirmed the couple's romance by changing his profile picture on Instagram to a selfie of them cuddled up. He has since changed the pic to a solo shot.

Fernandez-Versini, once known as Cheryl Cole, met Payne for the first time him in 2010 while she was a judge on "The X-Factor" and he appeared at the age of 16 as part of One Direction.

According to The Daily News, Payne broke up with his longtime girlfriend Sophia Smith last October of 2015.

Fernandez-Versini is in the middle of a divorce from her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, whom she wed in 2014.

A source told The Daily Mirror: "Cheryl is happier than she has been in a long time. With Liam, it's just completely relaxed. They've come from the same place and understand each other and the pressures each has, so there is no need for a front."

Payne said of his new solo performing status to Attitude Magazine, "I realize now this is the time to start branching out and exploring."

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The sexy singer took that to heart, not only writing and recording new music but aligning himself with Fernandez-Versini. He also is revealing more of himself than ever before after Payne posted a sexy Instagram pic before the Brit Awards.

Said a source to The Mirror, "It was only in December that Fernandez-Versini and Payne began talking of getting together after realizing they were both single."

The insider added, "They've got similar backgrounds. They both came from the same sort of singing competition and then found themselves incredibly famous very quickly."

One Direction is currently on hiatus throughout 2016.

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Mar 01, 2016 09:25 AM EST

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