Cheryl Cole Shuts Down “Nasty” Rumors That Her Mom Caused Her Breakup With Liam Payne

This weekend former One Direction member Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole announced their split. It’s the summer, which means this is the first of the avalanche of celebrity breakups that are bound to happen.

The two started dating in 2015 and have a son together Bear, who was born in March 2017. The couple originally met on the X Factor U.K. in 2008 when Payne was 15-years-old and a contestant and Cole was 25-years-old and a judge.

They announced their split with matching statements on Twitter on July 1: “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

But the couple’s privacy hasn’t been respected in light of their breakup. The are rumors going around about Cole’s mom, Joan Callaghan, was the cause of the couple’s split. The rumors apparently got so intense that Cole had to address them on her Twitter.

“I hate responding to this stuff especially at such difficult times but I cannot sit here and listen to such nasty, false articles regarding my mam,” Cole wrote in the notes app, screenshot her statement and tweeted it. “I don’t know why they involve her in stories about me. I can assure you she has absolutely nothing to do with any of it. I am a grown woman who is capable of dealing with my own life. She is a soft and kind woman who doesn’t deserve to be dragged into something that has nothing whatsoever to do with her.”

It’s unsure what the “nasty” rumors were. But Cole’s mom has been blamed for many of her other breakups. She allegedly was the reason why Cole and soccer player Ashley Cole got divorced in 2010, why she broke up with Derek Hough in 2010, why Cole divorced French restauranteur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2016.

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