She sparked speculation she would stand in for injured judge Simon Cowell on the first X Factor live show.
Yet Cheryl made her return to the hit show on the front row before her beau Liam Payne takes to the stage to perform his new single Bedroom Floor – where she sent well wishes to her former boss.
She told Dermott O’Leary: ‘First of all I really miss you Simon. We love you, we’ll be cheering for all the groups. The public did a great job with Jack and Joel’.
In a photo obtained by The Sun, the 34-year-old singer is seen posing with a young fan while clad in a sweetheart neckline bustier top and black trousers.
Return: Cheryl made her return to the hit show as she was spotted relaxing backstage before her beau Liam Payne takes to the stage to perform his new single Bedroom Floor
Smiling broadly, her tresses are styled in loose waves while her sparkling peepers were enhanced with smoky eye make-up.
Following Simon’s accident where he fell down the stairs and suffered a concussion, the mother of one was rumoured to be temporarily taking his seat on the panel.
A source close to Mr Cowell later told The Sun: ‘There were some rumours that Cheryl was going to step in for Simon but this isn’t going to be the case.
‘Simon is expected to be fine for Sunday’s show, but right now he needs as much rest as possible – every one knows he’s a workaholic and no one can stop him from returning.
Comeback queen; Smiling broadly, her tresses are styled in loose waves while her sparkling peepers were enhanced with smoky eye make-up
‘They’ll switch the singers which means they’ll be panic for some contestants but everyone totally understands.’
Meanwhile Liam praised Cheryl’s mum Joan and insisted she ‘works too hard’, as he shared a slew of behind-the-scenes photos to his Instagram story on Saturday.
The former One Direction star is gearing up for his performance on the first X Factor live show and making it a family affair, he appeared to be surrounded by his parents and Joan in the hours before he takes to the stage.
Sweet: Liam Payne, 24, was seen gushing over Cheryl’s mother Joan Callaghan in an Instagram story he uploaded from his home on Saturday
Liam treated fans to a glimpse of what family life is like for him away from the spotlight, and while being scolded by his father for forgetting to mention his new track Bedroom Floor in a recent radio appearance, he was also seen complimenting Joan while she cleaned the kitchen.
Cheryl’s mum, who moved into the home Liam shares with the Fight For This Love singer following the birth of their son Bear, could be seen washing down the work surfaces.
Her domesticated skills prompted Liam to gush to his Instagram followers: ‘Joan’s working hard away. Joan, you work too hard.’
Although, it seems Joan wasn’t keen on the attention as she quickly hid behind the kitchen island, prompting Liam to add: ‘She’s hiding,’ along with the hashtag: ‘#wheresjoan’.
There she is! Liam praised Joan for working ‘too hard’ as he filmed her cleaning down his kitchen work top – that had son Bear’s baby bibs sitting pretty on top of
Family affair: He also filmed his own mother Karen tucking into her breakfast, as she told the star she was ‘excited’ to see his X Factor performance that will air on Saturday
He also filmed his own mother Karen tucking into her breakfast, as she told the star she was ‘excited’ to see his X Factor performance that will air on Saturday. Cheryl and baby Bear did not feature.
The vocal talent, sporting a thick gold chain, shared another short video during his rehearsal for the talent show and told fans: ‘Things are going well so far. It sounds brilliant.’
Liam’s social media post comes after he recently revealed he and Cheryl were haunted by a ghost while they were living in Los Angeles together. The former Girls Aloud star had been pregnant at the time.
He explained that the California property was haunted and that the couple began to feel a presence in the house, with lights flickering on and off in the middle night, after the housekeeper had informed Cheryl’s mum Joan that the pad had a ghost inside.
‘Sounds brilliant’: The vocal talent, sporting a thick gold chain, shared another short video during his rehearsal for his X Factor performance and told fans: ‘Things are going well so far’
Spooky: Liam revealed that he and girlfriend Cheryl were haunted by a ghost while she was pregnant with son Bear and the couple were living in his LA mansion
The singer revealed that they were told their unexpected guest was a man called Alan, by a woman who approached Cheryl’s mother while out and about.
He said: ‘[Cheryl’s] mum went out somewhere with my housekeeper and this woman came up to them and went, ‘You’ve got a ghost in your house’.
‘She described this man to them — it’s the guy who filmed the Jurassic Park helicopter shots, he’s the ghost in my house.
“He’s called Alan. It’s ridiculous.’
Liam added that has during the spooky shenanigans Cheryl refused to sleep in the couple’s bedroom, and the pair instead slept in the cinema room on the property
Weird: Liam revealed that Cheryl was so freaked out that she refused to sleep in the couples bedroom
Creepy: Liam told The Sun that they felt a strange presence in the house when lights began to flicker on and off
This comes days after Liam revealed that he and Cheryl have developed the power to communicate without speaking to one another when it comes to caring for their son Bear.
Speaking at the KISS House Party Live, held at The SSE Arena, Wembley, the One Direction star said: ‘[Bear] sleeps in our room now, I can feel when Cheryl wants me to look after him in the night even if she doesn’t say it.’
‘He’s teething at the moment so there is a little bit more crying than usual.’
Hot couple: He is smitten with his other half Cheryl and has used every opportunity to gush over her since they started dating in February 2016
The singer also gushed about how perfect he thinks his child is.
‘He goes to sleep at 7PM and sleeps through until morning,’ he said. ‘Bear is the ultimate miracle child, it’s like we made him in a computer.
‘He is amazing and happy all the time.’
Liam has been dating the Messy Little Raindrops singer, 34, for just under two years – and lately, Cheryl has been overly candid about her boyfriend on social media.
Unprecedented: Cheryl, 34, revealed a little too much about her sex life with Liam Payne, 24, in a cheeky tweet playfully hitting back at a fan following the release of her beau’s new track Bedroom Floor
She was caught gushing over her boyfriend, 10 years her junior, on Instagram recently with a cheeky tweet playfully hitting back at a fan following the release of her beau’s new track Bedroom Floor.
When they suggested that it is more likely to be baby toys on the bedroom floor of the couple instead of clothes like the song references, the Fight For This Love Singer couldn’t resist correcting the fan, teasingly replying: ‘Not from where I’m looking.’
Alluding to her bedroom antics with Liam, Cheryl then added a smirking emoji and another with its tongue out.
Her surprising response certainly didn’t go unnoticed by fans and many were left shocked, as they penned: ‘I CAN’T BYE; CHEZZA YOU DIRTY B*GGER; Cheryl it’s only 2 o’clock calm yourself; I JUST CHOKED.’
Cheeky! While aluding to her bedroom antics with Liam, Cheryl added a smirking emoji and another with its tongue out
‘I JUST CHOKED’: Her surprising response certainly didn’t go unnoticed by fans and many expressed their shock and amusement on Twitter
Another questioned: ‘Are yall making babies?’ while another fan penned: ‘LOL! Is the minx Cheryl out to play? I could deffo have a lot of fun with that haha.’
Liam’s new release is heavily speculated to be about his relationship with Cheryl and the moment she had called things off between the pair early on into their romance. The lyrics to bedroom floor include: ‘You said it was over/But your clothes say different on my bedroom floor/Baby why you always act like you don’t want me?’
Speaking to The Sun about the time he and Cheryl nearly split, Liam said: ‘There is one song about a phone call that happened between me and her.
‘She was about to say go – this was ages ago, and it’s basically me trying to cling on saying no, it’s going to work out, don’t worry about it give it time.’
He was quick to add at the time that the track in question was a ‘very fun song’ – not unlike Bedroom Floor, however Liam insists the actual song hasn’t yet been revealed.
Despite it being about a rocky time between them, the song appears to be a huge hit from Cheryl who has been championing the tune via her social media pages. Her show of support for her beau comes after she was seen gushing over former One Direction star Liam in a rare PDA on her Instagram page.
Clearly driven wild by the snouldering photo of Liam, the pop princess could not help but post it for her own followers, alongside the caption: ‘I had to… I mean… come ON!’
Liam looks handsome as ever in the image, smouldering as he gazes into the camera lens.
Clearly a big fan of the photo, Cheryl had already liked it on the app earlier that day, before choosing to show off her man to her own 3.6 million followers.
Liam had used the image to announce his upcoming appearance on The X Factor – which not only shot him to fame in 2010, but also led him to cross paths with the former Girls Aloud star.
The caption on the image read: ‘Can’t wait to return to #XFactor and perform #BedroomFloor for the first time ever LIVE on TV’.
Can’t contain herself: Clearly driven wild by the photo, the pop princess, 34, could not help but post it for her own followers, alongside the gushing caption
Show of support: Clearly a big fan of the photo, Cheryl had already liked it on the app earlier that day, before choosing to show off her man to her own 3.6 million followers
In love: Meanwhile, Liam, 24, could resist complimenting his girlfriend as he appeared on the red carpet for the Radio 1 Teen Award on Sunday
Thank you! Cheryl didn’t only gush over her boyfriend on social media – she thanked her fans for their support during her 15 years in showbusiness
The star’s fans went into meltdown enthusing, ‘omg!’, ‘yay’ and commenting about how ‘handsome’ he is.
Liam couldn’t resist complimenting the former Girls Aloud songstress when he appeared on the red carpet for the Radio 1 Teen Award on Sunday – admitting he couldn’t wait to see her X Factor comeback.
Later on in the evening, singer Rita Ora showed just how happy the former One Direction star was as she hilariously recreated his picture perfect family – which consisted of Cheryl and their son Bear, seven months.
Picture perfect: Later on in the evening, singer Rita Ora showed just how happy the former One Direction star was as she hilariously recreated his picture perfect family – which consisted of Cheryl and their son Bear, seven months
Speaking of his bond with Cheryl, the Wolverhampton native admitted that they did most things together, as he offered an example:
‘Like when we’re approving different photos, we ask each other, ‘what do you think about this one?’
‘We do go through stuff together,’ he candidly confessed, before bursting with enthusiasm over the love of his life’s major TV comeback on X Factor a few hours later.
‘We go through things together’: Despite his hectic schedule, which sees his juggling fatherhood and the release of his latest single Bedroom Floor, Liam looked to be in high spirits on the red carpet for the award ceremony
Cheryl was seen alongside music mogul Simon Cowell as she helped him whittle down the talent in the Groups category in the nail-biting Judges Houses’ episode of The X Factor on Sunday.
Confessing that he couldn’t wait to rush home to join Cheryl to watch her comeback to the show, Liam admitted: ‘We’re going sit down together and have a watch of that.
‘She looked fantastic, I saw from one of the photos! Obviously she also got to spend time with the wonderful Mr.Cowell,’ he continued to excite himself over what to expect in the episode.
For Liam, his music career started back in 2010 when on the guidance of Cowell he joined One Direction.
While they didn’t win the show, they have gone on to achieve major worldwide success – and Liam proved on the red carpet just how far he had come.
TV comeback: Cheryl will be seen alongside music mogul Simon Cowell as she helps him whittle down the talent in the Groups category in the nail-biting Judges Houses’ episode
‘I’m actually doing next week’s X Factor live show with Bedroom Floor. I’m super excited to perform!’, he enthused.
He also spoke about baby Bear – admitting that the young tot is now teething, but handling it like a champ.
‘Bear is really chill. I just had a new nephew born, so we drove down to see him. Two hours in a car and not a moan!’
And proving that life was ultimately bliss for Liam presently, his pal Rita Ora couldn’t help but recreate his picture perfect family on stage at the Radio 1 Teen Award.
The R.I.P hitmaker dressed up in a bright red military ensemble, reminiscent of Cheryl’s look in her 2009 music video Fight For This Love – no doubt attempting to channel Liam’s girlfriend.
Standing in between them was Nick Grimshaw, who was dressed up a giant bear – obviously taking on the role of the happy couple’s young tot.
‘We’re going sit down together and have a watch of that’: Liam (Pictured performing at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards 2017) admitted that he couldn’t wait to rush home to join Cheryl for the TV comeback
‘I’m excited!’ Liam proved on the red carpet just how far he had come as he admitted he will be performing on the X Factor first live show next week
Meanwhile, Liam’s gushing words come after it was revealed Simon Cowell ‘isn’t ruling out’ a permanent return to The X Factor for Cheryl, after being reunited with her for this year’s Judges’ Houses part of the competition.
‘Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year. Obviously Simon is desperate to get her back,’ Liam, 24, revealed to The Sun on Friday of the matter. ‘Cheryl and Simon have such a lovely relationship.
‘We’re all edging for her to get back to work, it’s just finding the right time and the right way to do things.
‘This is the first time she’s been away from the industry for a long period of time in her whole career and sometimes that’s a beautiful thing to have. She’s got the opportunity to choose exactly what she wants to do and I think it’s great.’
Funny: Proving that life was ultimately bliss for Liam presently, his pal Rita Ora couldn’t help but recreate his picture perfect family on stage at the Radio 1 Teen Award
Taking it on: The R.I.P hitmaker dressed up in a bright red military ensemble, reminiscent of Cheryl’s look in her 2009 music video Fight For This Love- no doubt attempting to channel Liam’s girlfriend
Dressing up: Standing in between them was Nick Grimshaw, who was dressed up a giant bear – obviously taking on the role of the happy couple’s young tot
Cheryl’s involvement in The X Factor has been a tumultuous affair.
Having been hand-plucked from Girls Aloud by Simon to join the judging line up in 2008, she went with the show to the US in 2011 but was fired. She returned to the UK version in 2014-2015 and then decided to leave again.
But the 34-year-old singer is back this week as Simon’s guest for Judges Houses – and Simon, 57, hinted he wants her back full-time.
Asked by The Daily Star whether Simon would re-install her on the panel permanently, he replied: ‘We’ll consider it. Let’s wait till the end of the show… maybe [current judges Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne] don’t want come back.
‘Let’s see what happens, I wouldn’t rule anything out.’
Liam has admitted he’s keen on Cheryl to get back to work: ‘We’re all edging for her to get back to work, it’s just finding the right time and the right way to do things’
Tumultuous affair: Having been hand-plucked from Girls Aloud by Simon to join the judging line up in 2008, she went with the show to the US in 2011 but was fired. She returned to the UK version in 2014-2015 and then decided to leave again
Meanwhile, Cheryl has spoken out about her difficult pregnancy and how she ‘hated’ the nine months before the arrival of baby Bear.
The Ghetto Baby songstress spoke to The Sun about the struggles of her journey as she confessed: ‘A lot of stuff went on and I just didn’t enjoy it’ yet confessed this has been ‘the best six months’ with beau Liam.
Speaking of life since making her life from the enamoured two to three, she admitted she finds the entire situation ‘amazing’, in her gushing interview.
She said: ‘It changes your life completely but in the most amazing way. But I’ve had the best six months of my life. Really. I hated being pregnant. A lot of stuff went on and I just didn’t enjoy it.’
Cheryl and Liam confirmed their romance in February 2016, after first being linked the previous December having been re-acquainted at the 2015 X Factor final.
‘A lot of stuff went on’: Cheryl has spoken out about her difficult pregnancy and how she ‘hated’ the nine months before the arrival of baby Bear.
Love story: Cheryl and Liam confirmed their romance in February 2016, after first being linked the previous December having been re-acquainted at the 2015 X Factor final