Cheryl has slammed reports that claim her public displays of affection with Liam Payne at the Brit Awards was a ‘stunt.’
The famous couple looked as loved-up as ever at the awards despite recent reports suggesting their relationship was “hanging by a thread.”
They grinned at one another as they posed for photographers at the London event, which was held at the O2 Arena and also saw the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran in attendance.
Cheryl, 34, looked as stunning as ever in a short black mini dress which featured a ruffled top, while Payne, 24, looked dapper in a grey blazer jacket and black trousers.
However, the pair’s united front came as a surprise to many critics, leading to accusations of it being a ‘publicity stunt.’
Taking to Twitter, Cheryl responded to the latest reports.
“No one cares who’s been speculatively arguing or not in their relationships,” the singer wrote, before going on to refer to the ‘stunt’ theories as “ludicrous” and “a bit weird.”
While at the awards show, Cheryl and Liam were quizzed by Jack Whitehall about their “safe word” in a pretty awkward interview.
Referencing Payne’s performance of “For You” at the ceremony, which is the “Fifty Shades Freed” track, Whitehall asked: “You’re performing later, the song from the ‘Fifty Shades’ film, it’s going to get quite racy, is there a safe word?”
The One Direction star then looked at his other half and said, “She knows what the safe word is,” to which Cheryl giggled: “Don’t stop!”
The duo’s appearance comes after Cheryl appeared on “BBC Breakfast” Tuesday morning to discuss her new charity but soon found herself having to tackle questions about her personal life.
The Sun recently reported that Cheryl and her boyfriend were on the rocks and heading towards a split. The Mail on Sunday also claimed their romance was struggling. The couple have been together since early 2016 and welcomed a son, Bear, last year.
Appearing publicly for the first time since the rumours surfaced, the 34-year-old Geordie star was asked by BBC presenter Dan Walker whether the reports about her alleged split from the One Direction singer are “frustrating.”
“I wonder, is a day like this frustrating for you when you’re trying to focus on what you’re doing there [Newcastle] and so much of your personal life is in the papers at the moment?” Walker asked.
“Is it frustrating?” Cheryl replied. “No, it doesn’t bother me at all because my focus is solely on this. I’ve waited seven years to finally be here and none of that matters, this is the most important part for me.”
Cheryl was referring to her new charity project, Cheryl’s Trust Centre, which was launched in association with youth charity The Prince’s Trust. The venture aims to “help young people realize their potential and get their lives back on track.”
“I always wanted to partnership with them [Prince’s Trust] because I related to what their cause was so the partnership just felt natural and real,” Cheryl explained. “We are the perfect marriage.”
Wednesday marked the opening day of a new state-of-the-art centre in the heart of Newcastle, which will support disadvantaged young people in the North East, and Cheryl seemed to be in high spirits despite the swirling rumours regarding her relationship.
Cheryl initially met Payne when he auditioned for “The X Factor” in 2008 when he was just 14 years old. The pair started dating in 2016 when Cheryl was going through divorce proceedings with her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.