One Direction singer Liam Payne has appeared to confirm he is in a relationship with the X Factor's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with a newly posted picture on Instagram. 

The 22-year-old changed his profile picture on the social networking site to a shot of him bare-chested beside 32-year-old Fernandez-Versini, who is making the peace sign.

The bio for Payne's account now reads "Happy".

Speculation has grown in recent days that the pop stars are going out together, with reports that they spent Valentine's Day in the Maldives. 

Fernandez-Versini is currently divorcing her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. She was previously married to footballer Ashley Cole.