They've both come a LONG way...

Fans worldwide rejoiced on Tuesday evening, as after months of fervent pregnancy speculation, Cheryl posed for pictures at a London event – and there was no question of her having a pretty large bump around her stomach area!

Though neither she nor her partner Liam Payne have confirmed anything officially, most people are reading her fuller face and prominent belly as a sign that she is indeed having a baby, signalling some closure on what has been 2016’s most gripping romance tale!

Only going public with their relationship in February, these two have had one heck of a year, battling harsh opinions from some of their most devoted fans as well as going through the final stages of Cheryl’s divorce from Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

However, their story started a long time before that – and luckily for all of us, it’s on video!

More: Is THIS what Cheryl and Liam Payne’s baby will look like? 

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Of course, Liam tried out for The X Factor for the first time back in 2008 – and guess who managed to be on the judging panel? His future girlfriend and potentially mother to his first child, Cheryl!

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Since Liam was only, erm, 14 at the time, it clearly wasn’t a case of love at first sight… but that didn’t stop the One Direction star from trying his luck and giving her a cheeky wink mid-audition!

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Cheryl, then married to Ashley Cole, was very impressed with his rendition of Fly Me To The Moon, and sent him through to the next round.

But it’s clear Liam, like most other teenage boys, had a little crush on Chez from the start.

And now look where they are! A reminder to all to never give up on your dreams.

WATCH CHERYL AND LIAM’S LOVE STORY IN PICTURES: