Cheryl Cole is making it official, posing for a new photo shoot in which she proudly reveals her pregnancy by showing off her baby bump.
The “X Factor” judge, 33, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old One Direction star Liam Payne, have previously refused to comment on whether they’re expecting even though she’s been photographed looking quite pregnant.
In the photo — for a campaign presented by The Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal Paris to help young people overcome self-doubt — Cole can be seen cradling her baby bump, as reported by Britain’s Daily Mirror.
Payne and Cole first met when One Direction competed (and ultimately won) “The X Factor” in 2010, but the pair didn’t begin dating until late last year.
Although Payne has yet to comment publicly on his impending fatherhood, he was asked about whether Cole was pregnant in December during a Facebook Live chat with fans, and quipped: “We all know the answer to that.”
On Wednesday, Payne appeared sans Cole at the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena, where he picked up an award on behalf of One Direction after the band won the Best British Music Video for their song “History”.
Accepting the award from Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell, in his speech Payne addressed the future of 1D. “We have been taking some time out working on our solo music,” he said, “but One Direction is who we are and who we will always be.”