Chi-am? Li-ryl? What would their couple name be?

The time of the BRIT Awards are always a source of surprise. In 2015, Madonna taught us why you should never ever perform with a cape, and this year could be the introduction of the most unexpected celeb couples ever – Cheryl and Liam Payne!

Well, according to a deleted message and the One Direction fandom, that is…

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A few hours before showing up to the glitzy affair, Cheryl posted a picture of herself as she got ready:

Cheryl Liam Payne instagram

Teasing her Snapchat profile, Cheryl added a spooky filter to the black-and-white shot that changed her eyes bright green. Despite that, the picture’s pretty darn smokin’ – and Liam couldn’t help but to let her know.

‘Babe’, Liam, 22, wrote underneath the pic, with a few suggestive emojis…

REACTION GIF shock

Though soon deleted, it only took one Directioner to notice – and then began a stream of alarmed, confused and excited comments from fans, assuming a romance!

‘OMG LIAM!’ and ‘YAAAAY!’ are just a few of the excited comments continuing to pour in, hours later. Yikes.

Now, before we get too carried away, with Liam and Cheryl have known each other for many years – so it’s very likely that this was just a friendly comment.

But with them both attending the BRIT Awards in the O2 Arena, so it’s likely that they’ll meet – with plenty of opportunity to continue flirting less publicly.

Call us crazy, but we think they’d actually make quite a sweet couple…!

Friendly comment? Or down right flirting? Let us know what you think @CelebsNow!

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