Liam Payne and Cheryl are "madly in love" according to Simon Cowell

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One Direction’s Liam Payne and X Factor’s Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are “madly in love”.

The pair’s romance surprised us all when news of it first broke back in February but it's very much real.

Rumour has it that the pair got together back in December after meeting up backstage at The X Factor final.

They’ve since shared adorable loved up snaps over Easter and now X Factor boss Simon Cowell has spoken out.

“I saw them together and we had a really nice dinner,” he revealed. “They were on good form.

“They’re like two little chipmunks madly in love. Literally, they were so cute.”

Simon said he had ‘no clue’ about Cheryl and Liam’s relationship until it hit the frontages of the tabloids.

“I’m not going to talk about the past,” Simon added to The Sun newspaper, “But importantly they both seemed very happy over here and very relaxed.

“I’m happy for them.”

While Cheryl's personal life might be on a high, her work life is reportedly hanging in the balance.

It's said that talks are currently ongoing about her future on The X Factor ahead of the new series later this year.

“It’s a critical time and the talks will be a big factor in determining how the show looks this year," a source said at the weekend.

The insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Cheryl will be the one who makes the decision on her future – she and Simon are great friends and he’s totally supportive of her decision, ­whatever that turns out to be.

"They’ve got the show’s best interests at heart and aren’t rushing into anything. The talks could continue for some time.”

The X Factor will be back on ITV at the end of the year.

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