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Cheryl to divorce Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on Thursday amid Liam Payne 'baby-bump' excitement

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Cheryl is to finally divorce from ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini this week, the Daily Mirror reports.

According to the publication, the decree nisi will be read in London on Thursday. The outlet also reports that court papers show that no financial settlement has been reached for the pair, who were married for 18 months.

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Cheryl and Jean-Bernard were married for 18 months

The split news comes amid speculation that Cheryl is pregnant with boyfriend Liam Payne after being snapped with what appears to be a baby bump.

A source told the newspaper that Cheryl is “delighted” to finally leave the marriage behind her and move on with her new life.

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“This has been the result of months of negotiations,” they said. “After months of debate Cheryl is really relieved the terms have been finally agreed by both sides.”

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Speculation is rife that Cheryl and Liam are expecting a baby together

Earlier this week, Cheryl fuelled pregnancy rumours when she stepped out for a date night with One Direction star Liam.

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The 33-year-old covered up for the date night at Nobu in a camel-coloured jumper dress and a matching coats – but fans were convinced they could spot a baby bump showing through her loose clothing.

It marked the first time that Cheryl and 23-year-old Liam have been pictured together since her birthday dinner back in June, and their appearance sparked a social media frenzy as people continued to speculate about those baby rumours.

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Fans spotted a baby bump as they enjoyed a date night earlier this week

"Ahhhh these new pictures of Cheryl. I'm starting to believe more and more she is preggers. She'd be an amazing mum," one wrote, adding: "If it's a bump then it is cute already." Another commented: "I really hope Cheryl Cole is pregnant she deserves that happiness! Just hurry up and announce it."

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Speculation that Cheryl and Liam are expecting a baby together has been growing momentum in recent weeks, but so far neither had addressed the claims. Close friend Cheryl will make a great mum.

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Cheryl attended a L'Oreal party earlier this month

"She's really happy right now. And she'll be a brilliant mum," Kimberley, who is pregnant with baby number two, told the Sunday People. "She has loads of nieces and nephews, so she's used to the madness of children."

Her comments echo those made by Simon Cowell earlier this year, when the pregnancy rumours first surfaced. "Cheryl would be an amazing mum," he told the Mirror. "I have seen her with my son Eric and other kids over the years and she is incredible. She is very good with them. I think she is in a good place in her life right now. I had dinner with her a couple of months ago with Liam and they were great."

Cheryl and Liam went public with their romance in February, following her separation from husbandJean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

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