Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne stepped out together on Tuesday with big smiles and an even bigger baby bump, revealing that the couple are expecting. It was no Beyoncé-rubbing-her-belly-onstage-at-the-VMAs, but it was a move that did the trick, proving that we have another One Direction dad on our hands.
So, how did we get here, you ask? How long have the baby rumors been spinning around the World Wide Web like that cow in Twister? Here's the full timeline of Liam and Cheryl's relationship.
2008: Liam auditioned for the U.K.'s X Factor for the first time at the age of 14 with Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To the Moon" He doesn't make it, but returns to the show in 2010. In his audition, you could see him giving panelist Cheryl Cole a wink.
2010: In Payne's second audition, the one that led to the formation of One Direction, he locked eyes with Cole once again. This was the same year that Cole announced her split from first husband Ashley Cole.
July 2014: Cole, who rose to fame in the girl group Girls Aloud, married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
January 2016: Liam debuted a rose tattoo on his hand, which suspiciously mirrored Cole's butt ink. Some began to deduce that they were secret lovers. January is the same month that Cole officially split with husband Fernandez-Versini.
😱😱The tattoo that Cheryl got on her butt believed to be what Liam got on his hand😂😂😂 this is massively EXTRA EXTRA pic.twitter.com/YohRd4VDJz— #TORN (@TornJkiconco) February 27, 2016
Feb. 26: The romance heated up with a public display of affection, as Liam comments "see you there babe" on one of Cheryl's photos.
Feb. 29: Liam changed his Instagram profile pic to a selfie with Cheryl and then changed it back.
Liam changed his Instagram profile picture back to a selfie after he changed it to a selfie with Cheryl pic.twitter.com/oqS147NtAq— 1D Updates (@1DBreakUpdates) February 29, 2016
March 8: The relationship is more than official when Liam celebrated International Womens Day with a picture of his girlfriend, writing, "Hope I make you as happy as u make me."
March 9: The couple stepped out in public together for the first time. Cheryl's mom tagged along.
March 11: After some people criticized Cheryl's mom for seemingly chaperoning the Payne date, the singer shut down gossipers on Twitter.
May 11: Liam and Cheryl headed to Cannes together.
July 10: The couple got a dog together, in addition to the pup that Liam already had.
Sept. 21: Liam shared a cute selfie with Cheryl after they hadn't been seen together for a while. "I miss you!...the things you make me do," he wrote.
Sept. 26: Cheryl's mom Joan is spotted shopping for baby stuff.
Oct. 2: People begin to notice that Cheryl is looking curvier than usual during L'Oreal's Gold Obsession Party in Paris.
Oct. 20: Cheryl's divorce from Fernandez-Versini is finalized.
Nov. 20: Fans go crazy after they notice that Cheryl is the only one without a wine glass in this birthday party photo.
Nov. 29: Cheryl and Liam step out with a very telling baby bump, pretty much confirming the rumors.
Congratulations Liam and Cheryl. 😍🙈💑 You are an incredibly beautiful couple💏😻 baby bump😍😻✨ pic.twitter.com/GOarDk7iO0— Angelina Middleton (@wifestyles20) November 29, 2016
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