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Liam Payne teases fans with rare shirtless snap on Instagram

Sharnaz Shahid

Liam Payne surprised fans on Friday afternoon after he shared a rare shirtless picture of himself on social media. The One Direction star - who is in a relationship with Cheryl - took to his Instagram page to post the snap, which has since garnered over 400,00 likes in less than two hours.

1D fans immediately swooned over the 23-year-old's impeccably toned physique. In the black and white image, which was simply captioned "downtime," the singer can be seen posing in front of a mirror inside a gym as he flexed his muscles and proudly displayed his tattooed body.

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Over the past few weeks, Liam has been busy working hard on new material, recording his debut solo album in the US while his girlfriend - whose private life has been the subject of much speculation - has been busy promoting her first fragrance, Stormflower, back home in the UK. Liam recently shared a cryptic post on his Instagram account, asking for some "privacy". He uploaded an image of a street sign labelled 'Liam lane, private', adding in the caption: "Stay in your lane."

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Liam Payne has been dating pop star Cheryl since February

Liam and Cheryl surprised fans when it first emerged that they were dating in February - despite their ten-year age gap. It's been one month since the former X Factor judge's divorce was finalised from second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Since confirming his romance with the Girls Aloud beauty, Liam has often taken to his social media pages to declare his love for Cheryl. He recently shared a sweet message while he was busy working in Los Angeles - a photo of a sign, which read: "The only lie I ever told is that I liked you when I already knew I loved you."

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