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Liam Payne parties backstage with Drake amid Cheryl's birth rumours

Sharnaz Shahid

Liam Payne seems to be making the most of some free time before girlfriend Cheryl gives birth to their first baby. Taking to his Instagram page on Thursday, the One Direction singer shared a photo showing him hanging out with hip hop star Drake backstage at one his UK gigs. In the caption, the 23-year-old wrote: "@champagnepapi great to see a genius at work last night." The post comes moments after Cheryl broke her silence on social media.

Over the past few days it had been widely speculated that the former X Factor judge has actually given birth. But the expectant star, who has not posted on her pages since New Year's Eve, shifted the focus by sharing a message with fans to celebrate her successful partnership with The Prince's Trust. It read: "I am so happy and excited to tell you that after a 5 year relationship with @PrincesTrust and a 2 year mission along with Cheryl's Trust we have finally found a centre in the heart of Newcastle that will be opened this summer! Part of me is still pinching myself!"

@champagnepapi great to see a genius at work last night 🔥

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The 33-year-old continued: "I wanted to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you that got involved and donated money and items / your time over the years to help me get this off the ground. Thank you thank you thank you! And for your continued love and support, I am eternally grateful. Here's to changing lives. I love you."

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Although Cheryl and Liam have yet to open up about her pregnancy, Liam's One Direction band mate Niall Horan recently spoke about his friend becoming a first time father, telling the Daily Star: "Liam hasn't said he is nervous, but I am sure he is. I bet he can't wait as well. It is a very exciting thing in your life. He's great and she's lovely. It will be a lovely child."

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Last week, the British pop star sent social media into overdrive after he was allegedly spotted flying back to London from Los Angeles. The sighting quickly prompted his followers to speculate whether the Cheryl was about to give birth. The couple, who have been dating since early 2016, have remained tight-lipped over the pregnancy, but Cheryl showed off her blossoming baby bump during a recent visit to the Fayre of St James Christmas Carol Concert in London, in aid of Cheryl's Trust in support of The Prince's Trust.

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