One Direction star Liam Payne and his girlfriend Cheryl are understood to be living apart, even though she is expecting his first child very soon. The couple have just enjoyed their first festive season together as a couple, but aren’t living with each other at the moment.

With the One Direction members all busy with solo projects, Liam has had to jet to the US to record his debut album in LA. He went out to California a few days ago to lay down some tracks. It is understood the 23 year old had the full blessing of his 33 year old lover, who will be keen to ensure that he has his work out of the way before she gives birth.

According to a source, it was decided that with Cheryl now heavily pregnant, she should stay at home in the UK. They said that Cheryl’s due date was still a little way off, so they were both relatively relaxed about Liam being on the other side of the Atlantic.

Missing each other

The source, who is close to the couple, said that while they would obviously miss each other, Cheryl trusts Liam and knows how vital it is that he finishes his album. The couple have remained very private about the pregnancy. Even though she has been spotted sporting a large baby bump, the pair have not actually confirmed that she is pregnant. The pair first met when Liam auditioned for X Factor at the age of 14 and Cheryl, who was 24 at the time, was a judge. It was during the show that 1D was put together from boys who had originally auditioned as solo artists.

Liam announced he had signed a record deal in America at the end of last year, which meant a move away from Simon Cowell’s record label. He said that he was celebrating having signed to Republic Records.