Solo appearance: Liam Payne was without girlfriend Cheryl as he made an appearance at the Gagosian Gallery in London on Tuesday evening, amid growing concern for their future as a couple (Source: Getty Images)
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He broke his social media silence in order to praise partner Cheryl’s charity work amid growing concern for their future as a couple.
But Liam Payne was without the Fight for This Love singer as he made an appearance at the Gagosian Gallery in London on Tuesday evening.
The 24-year old was instead joined by DJ and clothing designer Virgil Abloh, whose collaboration with Takashi Murakami was on display at the Davies Street venue as London Fashion Week drew to a close.
Sporting a casual T-shirt beneath a Balenciaga jacket, Liam looked typically relaxed as he posed for photos shortly after making his way inside.
Ripped skinny jeans added to the low-key look, while Nike high-top trainers and a series of distinctive gold neck chains rounded things off.
Earlier that day the One Direction star expressed his pride for his girlfriend on Instagram after she launched Cheryl’s Trust Centre, in aid of disadvantaged youngsters, in her native Newcastle on Tuesday.
Side by side: The 24-year old was instead joined by DJ and clothing designer Virgil Abloh, whose collaboration with Takashi Murakami was on display at the Davies Street venue as London Fashion Week drew to a close
He deemed her an inspiration and questioned ‘how she finds the time’ for philanthropy, after it was claimed she mostly stays at home to care for their son Bear while Liam works away – driving the pair apart.
Cheryl, 34, shared a snap of herself posing in the new welfare centre, which led Liam to gush of his support in the comments.
He wrote beneath the beaming snap: ‘Very proud of you! how you find the time to do this I’ll never know.
‘Over many years you’ve put all this together and put your heart into such a great cause! I hope one day I can do the same.’
Speaking out: Liam has broken his social media silence to praise Cheryl’s charity work, amid swirling rumours the pair are set to split
On the rocks: His post comes amid rumours the pair are set to split after spending much of their time apart – with Liam travelling the world, while Cheryl is at home caring for son Bear=
Leading lady: Cheryl shared a snap of herself posing in the new welfare centre, which led Liam to express his pride in the comments (pictured at the launch)
‘You put your heart into such a great cause’: Liam sent his support, in his first post on social media since split rumours emerged
Her close pal Kimberley Walsh also commented on the photo, adding: ‘This is amazing so proud of you’, followed by a love heart emoji.
The comment saw Liam break his social media silence, amid swirling rumours he and Cheryl have parted ways.
The new parents are reportedly struggling to find quality time together as they juggle their busy careers and care for their 11-month-old son, Bear, a source told MailOnline.
The insider claimed their relationship is ‘strained’, as the former One Direction star is spending nights away from home and touring the world with his solo album, while she looks after their baby son.
Struggling: A source told MailOnline last week the new parents are struggling to find quality time together as they juggle their busy careers and care for their 11-month-old son, Bear
Distance: The insider claimed the former One Direction star is spending nights away from home and touring the world with his album (above), while she looks after their baby son
Cheryl is thought to be spending much of her time at home on her own with Bear, because she would rather stay in watching TV than go out to showbiz parties.
The source said: ‘Cheryl basically went into hibernation when she got pregnant and has made the decision to be a stay at home mother with no nanny and is looking after bear herself. She doesn’t like going out much as she used to.’
While another friend close to the couple added: ‘The fact of the matter is, like most young couple’s with busy work lives and the demands of an infant they have been struggling to spend time together.
‘There are the very real strains of trying to adapt to parenthood whilst being in the spotlight and having to appear as though everything is rosy all of the time.
‘Struggling to spend time together’: Meanwhile Cheryl is thought to be spending much of her time alone at home with Bear, because she would rather stay in than go out to showbiz parties
Happier times: The pair have been together since late 2015, and welcomed their first child in March last year
‘It is not real life and is not the life Cheryl and Liam are currently living as a couple.’
It was also reported by The Sun that Liam – who is set to perform at the inaugural Global Awards next month – has spoken to lawyers to see what a split would mean for their shared assets and the care of their son – with Liam holding an estimated £54million fortune, and Cheryl around £20million.
However, the Fight For This Love hitmaker was quick to hit back at the split rumours as she launched Cheryl’s Trust Centre on Tuesday – the achievement Liam was praising on Instagram.
Following days of speculation, BBC presenter Dan Walker touched upon her love life life at the launch, but a slightly frosty Cheryl appeared keen to deflect discussion away from her relationship.
She said: ‘(Talk of my personal life) is not frustrating. It doesn’t bother me at all as my focus is solely on this and I’ve waited seven years and none of that matters – this is most important to me.’