People.com Entertainment Music Watch a 14-Year-Old Liam Payne Flirt with His Now-Pregnant Girlfriend Cheryl During Their First Meeting She's pregnant with their first child, but British singer Cheryl first met future boyfriend Liam Payne when he was just 14 years old, during his 2008 X-Factor audition By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 1, 2016 03:22 PM Share Tweet Pin Email She’s pregnant with their first child, but when British singer Cheryl first met future boyfriend Liam Payne, romance was nowhere on their radar. The year was 2008, and Payne was just 14 years old at the time — auditioning in front of Cheryl, Simon Cowell and Irish entertainment manager Louis Walsh for the U.K. version of The X-Factor. He would be cut a few rounds later, but Payne told judges he was “here to win” during his first audition. He then launched into a smooth cover of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” — even winking at Cheryl during his performance. Dave Benett/Getty “I like you,” Cheryl, then 24, told Payne while critiquing him. “I think you’re really cute. I think you’ve got charisma. You know, you gave that really cheeky wink.” They’d meet again at Payne’s second X-Factor audition in 2010 — where Cheryl told him he had what it takes to move on in the competition. “Your voice is really, really powerful,” she said. “[It’s a] yes for me, definitely.” Payne would go on to be grouped in with fellow contestants Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik on the show — forming One Direction. They went on to global stardom before splitting with Malik and going on hiatus this year. She, meanwhile was married to footballer Ashley Cole both times she met Payne. The two split in 2010 after 4 years of marriage. The former Girls Aloudmember then married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014 — though their divorce with finalized in October. RELATED VIDEO: An Alien Told Zayn to Leave One Direction!? Cheryl, 33, and Payne, 23, began dating late last year. They made their red carpet debut in May at Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Gala in Paris, where Cheryl was awarded the Global Gift Philanthropist Award. Since then, they’ve been open about their affection for each other on social media. And although they have yet to officially announce the pregnancy, Cheryl let her baby belly do the talking on Tuesday when the two stepped out for the St. James Christmas Carol Concert in London.