Fans concerned after Liam Payne deletes photo of himself with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Gemma Strong

News of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne's secret romance came as a total surprise when it broke at the weekend – but there are already reports of trouble in paradise for the new couple. Eagle-eyed fans have expressed concern that the pair have split after noticing Liam has removed a loved-up photo from his Instagram page.

Following increasing speculation that the pair were dating, Liam seemed to confirm the relationship on Sunday by changing his profile picture to a black and white photo of himself cuddling Cheryl – and pretty much broke the internet in the process.

Liam Payne has removed the loved-up photo he shared of himself and Cheryl

But just days later, the One Direction star removed the image, sparking concern amongst his 9million followers that the couple have broken up.

"OMG Liam Payne and Cheryl is over?" wrote one fan, with another adding: "Liam has changed his Instagram icon, have him and Cheryl split already?"

It's thought that Cheryl, 32, and Liam, 22, have been romantically involved since December, when they were reunited during the X Factor final. A source told the Sun that Cheryl had fallen madly in love with Liam after calling time on her 18-month marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Cheryl and Liam are thought to have been secretly dating since December

Reports of their romance first surfaced after they were pictured shopping together in a Guildford supermarket at midnight on Saturday. "This is a clear sign that Cheryl and Liam are ready to go public with their relationship," the insider told the newspaper. "The fact they are willing to step out in the local supermarket proves they are not worried about being seen together.

"They are so happy to have fallen for each other that they don't care if the whole world knows it."

Sadly, Cheryl has since faced some criticism from some One Direction fans – but seemingly responded on Monday when she briefly changed her Instagram bio to read: "When people hate on you, it's because you've got something they want."

The X Factor judge then removed her post, updating it to: "Cheryl… All love Good vibes only."

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