With Jokes About Their 'Wild' Sex Life, Were Cheryl and Liam pulling off a show at the BRITs?

Published February 22nd, 2018 - 10:42 GMT
Sources claim Cheryl and Liam are set to split 'within weeks' and that their show of affection was all just a big stunt (Source: Liam Payne - Instagram)
Sources claim Cheryl and Liam are set to split 'within weeks' and that their show of affection was all just a big stunt (Source: Liam Payne - Instagram)
  • The couple put on a united front a the BRIT Awards on Wednesday evening 
  • Host Jack Whitehall decided to pick them out for an on-air interview
  • He cheekily referenced Liam's steamy Fifty Shades collaboration with Rita Ora when Cheryl joked about their sex life 
  • The joint appearance comes amid mounting speculation about the state of their relationship
  • Sources claim they are set to split 'within weeks' and that their show of affection was all just a big stunt

Cheryl teased that she and boyfriend Liam Payne enjoy a wild sex life when she was interviewed during the live TV broadcast of the BRIT Awards on Wednesday evening.

Despite mounting speculation over the status of their relationship, Cheryl, 34, and 24-year old Liam looked smitten as they attended the music extravaganza at London's O2 Arena, but some were left wondering if it was all a stunt.

And the couple were enjoying the start of the show at their table when host Jack Whitehall decided to pick them out for an on-air interview for the ITV viewers at home.

Awkward: Liam Payne and Cheryl were forced into an awkward exchange with BRIT Awards host Jack Whitehall as the event kicked off at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday

Referencing Liam's upcoming performance on the night of Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack song For You, Jack cheekily referenced the erotic thriller's S&M theme.

'You're performing later, the song from the Fifty Shades film, it's going to get quite racy... is there a safe word?' he asked.

Liam then motioned towards Cheryl, saying, 'She knows what the safe word is,' to which the former Girls Aloud star added: 'Don't stop!'

It was a rare joint appearance by the couple since the birth of their baby son Bear 11 months ago, and comedian Jack, 29, asked: 'How's date night going so far?'

'Going great so far,' Liam responded, as Cheryl looked on silently. 'We're having a good time.'

Under pressure: The couple, whose brief relationship is thought to be under increasing strain, looked visibly uncomfortable as the comedian made a beeline for their table

Cheeky: Referencing Liam's upcoming performance on the night of Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack song For You, Jack cheekily referenced the erotic thriller's S&M theme

Banter: Addressing the couple directly, Whitehall - who was hosting the event for the first time - playfully asked, 'How is date night going?'

Mischievous Jack then asked the pair to wave to their "little man" home - 11-month old son Bear - and as they did as instructed he cracked a joke about Liam's diminutive band-mate Niall Horan, adding: ‘Hello Niall!’

Though their overzealous behaviour - amid claims that the two-year romance would be over 'within weeks' - cast some doubt on the relationship again, when friends told The Sun that the love-fest was 'just a stunt'.

A source told the publication that Liam and Cheryl were attempting to hide their relationship woes with an overzealous display, just days after they were plagued with rumours of an impending split.

Duet: As Cheryl watched her man in action, Liam and Rita Ora took to the stage to perform at the glittering awards gala

Eye-catching: Rita stepped out in eye-catching style, displaying her shapely frame as she took to the stage in a white bodysuit

The insider said: 'Cheryl and Liam's friends say things aren't good between them and have made it clear their relationship will soon end.

'But with a single to promote, Liam was not going to miss the opportunity, and having Cheryl with him gives him even more limelight.

'They are trying to work things out and want to be together for their son Bear's first birthday next month. But things are very strained.'

Representatives for Cheryl and Liam have been contacted for comment.

And, as Cheryl watched her man in action, Liam took the stage with Rita Ora to perform their sexy Fifty Shades Freed song, For You.

For You: They put on the show's penultimate performance, singing their track For You, from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack

High five! After belting out the concluding notes of their sultry track, a smiling Rita raised her hand to high-five a happy Liam

Hug it out: As their duet came to an end, the pair shared a friendly hug - amid raucous cheers and applause from the audience

But the singers kept their duet considerably tame, opting to forgo any suggestive gyrating or raunchy moves as they kept a fair distance between themselves during their performance.

However, as their duet came to an end - and Liam responded to Rita's high-five with a hug and a peck on the cheek - host Jack Whitehall joked: 'ITV hasn't seen that much sexual chemistry since the Trump-Morgan interview.'

Earlier that night Liam and Cheryl smiled and cuddled each other as they posed for the photographers lining the expansive red carpet leading into the venue.

Stepping out together: Cheryl and Liam stepped out together for the BRIT Awards, held at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday night

Former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl hit the big musical event in style, stepping out in a black zibeline Jean-Louis Sabaji minidress, which featured laser-cut plumes enveloping the neckline and cascading down one arm to incarnate a sleeve.

Standing tall in a pair of black heels - which featured large red rose embellishments - the Fight For This Love singer wore her raven tresses in a sleek ponytail.

With glittering earrings serving as her main accessories, the former X Factor judge highlighted her natural beauty with a rich palette of richly-hued makeup.

Cheryl and Liam were seen joining singers Sam Smith and Jessie Ware at the afterparty, following their unexpected appearance on the red carpet together.

The former X Factor judge was seen making a funny face at Liam as they posed for the cameras, as they continued to dispel rumours of a split.

Also making an appearance at the bash was Liam's One Direction bandmate Niall Horan, following a very awkward joke about the trio during the awards show.

Giggle: The pair laughed and whispered in each other's ears as they posed for photographers

Whispering sweet nothings? The former Girls Aloud singer gazed at her beau as they spoke

White rose: Cheryl arrived holding a long-stemmed white rose, in solidarity with Time's Up

Cheryl is thought to be spending much of her time at home on her own with Bear, because she would rather stay in watching TV than go out to showbiz parties.

The source said: 'Cheryl basically went into hibernation when she got pregnant and has made the decision to be a stay at home mother with no nanny and is looking after Bear herself. She doesn't like going out much as she used to.'

While another friend close to the couple added: 'The fact of the matter is, like most young couple's with busy work lives and the demands of an infant they have been struggling to spend time together.

Liam also put on a dapper display himself, arriving at the celebratory gathering in a powder blue double-breasted blazer, which he wore over a black polo shirt.

Teaming his threads with black trousers, he added a further casual touch to his look with the addition of a pair of black running shoes.

It was a surprise to see the duo looking so smitten, following days of speculation that the relationship would be over 'within weeks'.

Yet their overzealous red carpet PDA, coupled with pictures showing them fawning over each other during 'private' moments backstage, cast some doubt over whether their behaviour was genuine.

Affection: Cheryl and Liam stole affectionate glances at one another as they posed up a storm

Parents' night out: The pair left their 11-month-old son Bear at home for their night on the town

She's got sole! Standing tall in a pair of black heels - which featured large red rose embellishments - the Fight For This Love singer wore her raven tresses in a sleek ponytail

'But with a single to promote, Liam was not going to miss the opportunity, and having Cheryl with him gives him even more limelight.

'They are trying to work things out and want to be together for their son Bear's first birthday next month. But things are very strained.'

Their social media coverage of the rare date night was extensive. Liam took to Instagram to earlier in the day to share a brief video of himself.

He said: 'Hi everybody... I am just getting ready for the BRIT Awards. We've just done a rehearsal and it's gone really, really good. It's gonna be nice performing with Rita [Ora] again and you'll see me.'

He also uploaded footage of him and Cheryl posing together on the BRIT Awards red carpet, followed by a boomerang clip of him greeting his rapper pal Stormzy.

But he saved the best for last, uploading self-shot footage of himself and Cheryl posing together backstage as they sung along to a track, before she was seen relaxing on a couch next to her beau and lovingly stroking his nose.

It was revealed just the day before that Cheryl has planned to attend the awards ceremony with the father of her only child - as it was announced that he would be taking to the stage to perform with Rita Ora.

Dapper display: Liam also put on a dapper display himself, arriving at the celebratory gathering in a powder blue double-breasted blazer, which he wore over a black polo shirt

Packing on the PDA: Their PDA-heavy display was the first time the couple had been seen showing so much public affection since their relationship came to light

Casual touch: Teaming his threads with black trousers, he added a further casual touch to his look with the addition of a pair of black running shoes

No trouble here: Any indication of an imminent split was brushed aside during their latest public appearance on Wednesday

It's there in black and white: After the couple walked the red carpet, Liam took to Instagram to share a black-and-white shot of them making their arrival together

According to The Sun, the singer knew she would be seeing Liam cosying up to Rita onstage, but wanted to put on a united front with the former One Direction heartthrob after being left 'embarrassed' by the split rumours.

The One Direction crooner and Rita, 27, are set to belt out their hit For You at the bash - the raunchy lead single for new flick Fifty Shades Freed.

While Cheryl is thought to prefer spending time at home with their son Bear, a source has revealed she attended the bash with her boyfriend, in order to show her support in the face of split claims.

For real? The couple's romantic display claim as sources told The Sun newspaper that friends believe their PDA-fest is 'just a publicity stunt'

Stars together: Cheryl and Liam posed up a storm with fellow singers Sam Smith and Jessie Ware

Look who it is! Liam and Cheryl also reunited with his One Direction co-star Niall Horan, who was at the butt of a hilarous joke during the awards show

Not so awkward! Luckily the trio seemed to be in good spirits following the awkward awards show moment

Trouble in paradise? Sources have claimed that Liam and Cheryl's PDA-fest is front, as they desperately try to dispel rumours of a split

Genuine? The source said: 'They are trying to work things out and want to be together for their son Bear's first birthday next month. But things are very strained'

United front: Cheryl, 34, and boyfriend Liam Payne, 24, were seen putting on a loved-up display once again as they attended the BRITs Universal Music afterparty on Wednesday night

An insider told the paper: 'She knows everyone will be talking about her and Liam, and she's really embarrassed about the whole thing.

'It doesn't help that Liam will be on stage singing a pretty sexual song with Rita that will get everyone talking.

'But she also knows if she doesn't attend it will be taken as a sign she is not supporting Liam.'

It has been implied that Cheryl is jealous of the amount of time Liam has been spending with Rita during promotion for the single - something her representatives firmly denied.

Pose: Liam also shared footage of the couple playfully posing together ahead of the big show

Funny face: The former One Direction heartthrob pulled a funny face as he and Cheryl mouthed the words to a song together

Shoulder: Cheryl rested a hand on her man's shoulder as they posed up a storm together ahead of the anticipated show

Playful: Pop singer Cheryl also appeared to be in a playful mood as she shared some rare screen time with her boyfriend

Liam and Cheryl's representatives were contacted for comment. 

It was claimed last week that the couple's romance was in trouble, less than a year after they welcomed their first child.

The new parents are reportedly struggling to find quality time together as they juggle their busy careers and care for their 11-month-old son, Bear, a source told MailOnline.

The insider claimed their relationship is 'strained', as the former One Direction star is spending nights away from home and touring the world with his solo album, while she looks after their baby son.

Nose: In more footage, Cheryl played with her beau's nose as they relaxed together on a couch

Resting on his lap: She sat with her legs stretched out across Liam's lap during the rare public display of affection

Relaxed and happy: The stars looked relaxed and happy as they cosied up to one another in the private VIP area

How cute: A member of the stars' entourage was heard saying 'awww' as Cheryl brushed Liam's nose

Cheryl is thought to be spending much of her time at home on her own with Bear, because she would rather stay in watching TV than go out to showbiz parties.

The source said: 'Cheryl basically went into hibernation when she got pregnant and has made the decision to be a stay at home mother with no nanny and is looking after bear herself. She doesn't like going out much as she used to.'

While another friend close to the couple added: 'The fact of the matter is, like most young couple's with busy work lives and the demands of an infant they have been struggling to spend time together.

'There are the very real strains of trying to adapt to parenthood whilst being in the spotlight and having to appear as though everything is rosy all of the time

Staying strong: The singer reportedly knew it wouldn't help to see Liam cosying up to Rita Ora onstage (above), but wanted to support him after being left 'embarrassed' by split rumours

Close friends: The source added, 'It doesn't help that Liam will be on stage singing a pretty sexual song with Rita that will get everyone talking' (pictured with Rita last month) 

'It is not real life and is not the life Cheryl and Liam are currently living as a couple.'

It was also reported by The Sun that Liam has spoken to lawyers to see what a split would mean for their shared assets and the care of their son - with Liam holding an estimated £54million fortune, and Cheryl around £20million.

However, the Fight For This Love hitmaker was quick to hit back at the split rumours as she launched Cheryl's Trust Centre on Tuesday.

Following days of speculation, BBC presenter Dan Walker touched upon her love life life at the launch, but a slightly frosty Cheryl appeared keen to deflect discussion away from her relationship.

Close: The couple remained by one another's side throughout the whole evening and were spotted leaving the afterparty some time later

Keeping him close: The couple held hands as they put on a united front to head home

Touching: Cheryl wore roses on her shoes, which is the same design as the tattoo that she and her boyfriend both have inked 

Doing their thing: The couple both looked immaculate in their designer get up as all eyes were on them

Showing his love: Liam had a white rose badge pinned on his jacket in support of the Time's Up movement

Happy: Liam wore a big smile on his face as he led his lady to the car 

She said: '(Talk of my personal life) is not frustrating. It doesn't bother me at all as my focus is solely on this and I've waited seven years and none of that matters - this is most important to me.' 

Liam then went on to praise Cheryl for her philanthropy, with a gushing comment on one of her Instagram photos. 

The Bedroom Floor is joining a number of high-profile performers at the bash, including Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake - who was seen enjoying a night out in London on Tuesday night. 

The event was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, who gave insight into the goings-on backstage on Good Morning Britain, ahead of the bash.

On the rocks: It has been claimed the pair are set to split after spending much of their time apart - with Liam travelling the world, while Cheryl is at home caring for son Bear

Distance: The insider claimed the former One Direction star is spending nights away from home and touring the world with his album (above), while she looks after their baby son

'Struggling to spend time together': Meanwhile Cheryl is thought to be spending much of her time alone at home with Bear, because she would rather stay in than go out to showbiz parties

Speaking to Richard Arnold on Wednesday morning, he joked: 'I walked past Stormzy getting a pedicure. I wondered what that was! His feet were amazing though. Incredible, beautiful feet!'

While he is excited to front proceedings, the Bad Education star admitted he is still nervous about fluffing up his words and jokes. 

'I'm slightly apprehensive about it and worried because obviously it's the Brits and it's one of those things where you go, 'Oh what can go wrong?' – I mean, so much could go wrong,' he added. 

The BRITs will also see the music industry come together for a performance in tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester attack at Ariana Grande's concert last May.

'You put your heart into such a great cause': Liam then went on to praise Cheryl for her philanthropy, with a gushing comment on one of her Instagram photos


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