Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has struggled to find her Mr Right - but she and Liam Payne are like "two little chipmunks madly in love", according to Simon Cowell.
The reality show supremo gave one of the first public acknowledgements to the pairing after weeks of rumours.
He said they are "so cute together" in an interview with the Sun newspaper.
I saw them together and we had a really nice dinner. They were on good form. They’re like two little chipmunks madly in love. Literally, they were so cute.
It has previously been reported that Cowell was the one who set the pair up after Payne appeared with his One Direction bandmates on the X Factor, where Cheryl is a judge.
The pair had previously fueled gossip after they were photographed together and posted loved-up snaps on social media.
Cheryl is currently going through a divorce from her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. She was previously married to footballer Ashley Cole, who she divorced in 2010.