Former One Direction member Liam Payne and television personality Cheryl Cole have split after more than two years together.

鈥淐heryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It鈥檚 been a tough decision for us to make,鈥 Payne announced on Twitter on Sunday, July 1.

鈥淲e still have so much love for each other as a family,鈥 he continued. 鈥淸Our son] Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.鈥 Cole shared the same statement on her account.

The couple first met in 2008, when Payne auditioned for The X Factor, where Cole was a judge. They went public with their relationship in 2015. In February 2017, after months of speculation, they confirmed they were expecting a baby, and in March 2017, they welcomed their first child, a son named Bear. At the time, Payne called his son鈥檚 birth 鈥渕y favorite memory I have so far.鈥 He also praised Cole, saying she 鈥渞eally made my dreams come true.鈥

Earlier this year, Payne shut down rumors that the couple were on the verge of a breakup. 鈥淭he funniest thing was, a week before, we were getting married. The next week we鈥檙e splitting up,鈥 he told ES Magazine about his and Cole鈥檚 talked-about appearance together at the 2018 Brit Awards.

The 24-year-old singer did admit that they faced the same problems as any couple, however, saying that while things were not perfect, they rarely are for anyone. 鈥淵ou know, we have our struggles 鈥 like of course I鈥檓 not gonna sit here and say that everything鈥檚 absolutely fine and dandy, because of course you go through different things, and that鈥檚 what a relationship is,鈥 he said. 鈥淏ut we go through them together as a family and that鈥檚 the most important thing for me.鈥

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