They posted almost identical statements online

Cheryl and Liam Payne have announced they're splitting up after two-and-a-half years together.

The former Girls Aloud star and One Direction member have a one-year-old son, Bear.

In almost identical statements posted online, they say it's been a tough decision to make, and they have so much love for each other as a family.

"We still have so much love for each other as a family," they said.

"Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."

Cheryl was previously married to footballer Ashley Cole for four years before their divorce in 2010.

Four years later she married Jean-Bernard Versini in a secret beach wedding, but by the following year they had split.

She and Payne had been in a relationship since December 2015.

They met on The 'X Factor' in 2008, when she was a judge and he auditioned as a solo contestant, then 14-years-old.