One Direction star Liam Payne has gushed girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is his “favourite woman inside the world”.

The 22-year-old was initially linked to the former Girls Aloud singer recently, anf the husband has since shared quite a few pictures of recent couple together on web 2 . 0.

On Tuesday, History singer made his biggest statement yet, posting a picture of the 32-year-old on Instagram to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“Happy #internationalwomensday to my favourite woman from the world,” Liam wrote. “hope I allow you to as happy as u cause me to feel X”.

In the image, Cheryl is so visible posing inside an oversized red jumper along with her head tilted aside and her hair tumbling around her shoulders, while she smiles sweetly with the camera.

After British newspaper The Sun first reported the musicians were several, Liam confirmed what is this great by changing his Instagram profile picture to your black and white shot in the pair together. He also updated his status to “happy”.

Their romance has raised eyebrows thinking about the age gap, and following his latest post, many his fans started the attack for failing to also honour his mum or sisters.

“@Real_Liam_Payne says the individual who says this short term gf (girlfriend) is his favorite woman, rather then his mom or smth (something). But that’s none of my business” one follower wrote, while another added: “@Real_Liam_Payne think about your MOTHER AND YOUR SISTERS?!!”

The backlash prompted the star to adopt to Twitter the very first time since 26 February and respond: “Wow the Internet is often a dark place these days”.

Liam had previously held it’s place in a two-year relationship with student Sophia Smith, while Cheryl remains legally married to second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who she’s currently divorcing.