The British pop-stars made the joint announcement Monday morning, “Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family.”
The ex-couple say that while they are breaking up, the focus for them remains on their 1-year-old son, Bear. They both agree “Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”
24-year-old Payne and 35-year-old Cheryl first met when she was a judge and he auditioned for the British talent competition show, “X Factor” in 2008. They had been together since 2016.