Updated: 05/20/2017 12:06 AM | First Published: 03/17/2017 01:20 PM

Liam Payne calls Cheryl 'misses', reveals his marriage plans with baby momma

Liam Payne smiling at Cheryl while she smiles for the camera

Liam Payne and Cheryl are notorious for their reserved nature when it comes to their relationship. Much to the fans’ surprise, the One Direction singer has finally opened up about his girlfriend of over a year, with whom he’s expecting their first baby. 

Talking to Rollercoaster magazine, Liam gushed, “I have the most ­beautiful girlfriend in the world and she’s absolutely amazing.”

Liam also revealed that the Girls Aloud singer has been his “dream girl” since he was younger. The pair first met on The X Factor UK in 2008 when Liam was a shy 14-year-old, and Cheryl was 26 and an already established pop star. Cheryl was then married to her first husband, English footballer Ashley Cole.

Liam Payne about Cheryl: "I've known my misses for 10 years"

On May 18, 2017, Liam opened up about his marriage prospects and future plans with Cheryl during a podcast with Dan Wootton. 

He revealed that although they "couldn't be more serious", marriage was not on the cards for them, at least not for a while.

"I see marriage as more of a religious thing and I'm not really a religious person, so I know it's not really on the cards for me at the moment"

- Liam Payne

They casually revealed their relationship with an Instagram post in early 2016 and have been seen together in a few more photos on their Instagram accounts. They were extra quiet in late 2016 amid pregnancy rumors after Cheryl was seen with a little baby bump.

Their pregnancy was confirmed only after Cheryl appeared in a campaign photoshoot and video for the Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal with a visible bump. 

Liam continued, “She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things — someone who’s taken greater steps than me. Her solo career was ­amazing.”