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Liam Payne is madly in love with girlfriend, Cheryl Reuters

One Direction's Liam Payne became a proud father and the fans are going crazy about it. The happy couple made the announcement on Saturday and Cheryl Cole shared the picture of the little one on Instagram.

"On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream. Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever," Cheryl wrote along with the image.

The proud father shared the same picture and said, "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless...wow!" He further added, "I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far."

In 2012, Cole first expressed her desire to be a mother and told the GQ magazine: 'I love kids, I'm obsessed with babies. I know that's what I was put on the Earth to do – to be a mother.'

Friends revealed that Cole kept her pregnancy as a secret because she didn't want to 'jinx her happiness' as she had years of bad luck in relationships.

Soon after the announcement of Cole's delivery, the picture went viral, receiving more than 696,980 likes in less than 12 hours and more than 27,700 comments. Fans and well wishers congratulated the happy parents.