One Direction star Liam split from girlfriend Sophia Smith in October, but now a new Instagram post has started whispers that they're back together

Like many One Direction fans, we were gutted when Liam Payne split up with his long-term girlfriend Sophia Smith back earlier this year – they just seemed so GOOD together.

Liam split from the brunette beauty in October, with 21-year-old Sophia deleting all traces of the 1D star from her social media accounts.

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But now a new Instagram picture has sparked speculation that the former couple may have reunited – and fans are *very* excited about about it.

Last night, Sophia was snapped hanging out with a key member of the 1D extended family – bandmate Louis Tomlinson’s lil’ sis, Lottie.

The shot – which sees the glam girls pouting up a storm – quickly got fans speculating that Sophia was back in the 1D fold and Liam’s arms.

hi babes xxxx @sophiaxsmith

A post shared by LOTTIE (@lottietomlinson) on

Using Liam and Sophia’s unofficial couple name one commented: ‘Omg is sophiam back together?’

Another enthusiastic fan write: ‘WEEE MISSEDD YOUU SOOO MUCHHH OFNG I HOPE YOU AND LIAM ARE BACK.’

Liam confessed to being ‘absolutely devastated’ after news of the break-up emerged in October, telling The Sun that being part of the world’s biggest boy band played a part in the split.

‘Being on the tour all his year and being away from her was so hard,’ he said. ‘We spent so much time apart.’

Of course, Liam has a LOT of spare time on his hands all of a sudden, what with One Direction now being on their much-discussed hiatus – so does that leave room for Sophia to come back into his life?

We’re keeping everything crossed that the answer is yes. Come on Liam, offer Sophia the toffee apple of love!

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