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It looks like there could be another One Direction baby on the way! This time, it's rumored that Liam Payne is the daddy to be.

Rumors have been swirling in the United Kingdom that Liam is set to have a child with former "X-Factor" judge Cheryl Cole.

Last month, The Sun published photos of Cheryl's mother buying "pregnancy goods." The paper did acknowledge that she could be purchasing the items for her other children who also have kids.

But, as this was all going on, Cheryl and Liam, who have been dating for about a year, were seen on a date. According to reports, she wore a loose-fitting knit dress paired with an oversized coat. Fans immediately wondered if she was pregnant, especially in light of her mother's purchases.

"She's really happy right now," Kimberly Walsh, Cheryl's former bandmate, told the Sunday People. "And she'll be a brilliant mom. She has loads of nieces and nephews, so she's used to the madness of children."

Neither Cheryl nor Liam have commented on the rumors, but last month the former One Directioner updated his Twitter bio to read, "the luckiest man in the world." That certainly could be in reference to essentially anything, including impending fatherhood.

That could also be in reference to his career. It was announced this week that Liam signed a deal with Republic Records.

Although no details were released regarding forthcoming music on the label, Republic exec Monte Lipman said in a statement published by GossipCop that given his work with the hugely successful 1D, Liam "has an opportunity to make an even greater impact on pop culture" as a solo performer. He also currently has a contract with Capitol Records UK.

Cheryl also made news this week, but it was less about her career and more on a personal front. On Wednesday, she and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, her husband of 18 months, were officially divorced.