Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole split after two years of dating

Liam Payne and girlfriend Cheryl Cole are calling it quits -- one day after Cole's 35th birthday.

Payne, 24, and Cole posted nearly identical messages on Twitter on Sunday announcing their breakup after dating for two years. The British couple share one son together, Bear, who was born in March 2017.

"We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways," read Cole's message. "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."

The pair both owe their fame to pop groups started through singing contests. Cole rose to fame in Girls Aloud in the early 2000s after winning a spot on the show Popstars: The Rivals, while Payne joined One Direction in 2008 after a second stint on The X Factor.

In recent months, rumors began to swirl about trouble in their relationship, despite Payne gushing about Cole in a March interview in U.K.'s Rollacoaster magazine that she has been his "dream girl since I was younger."

"We're super happy. It's a very personal, precious time for us," Payne said at the time. "I'm still learning. I’m only 23."

Just five days later, he admitted in the U.K.'s Evening Standard that they definitely had their share of problems, but said they weren't about to break up. And about a week after that, Cole took to Twitter to dismiss rumors of Payne cheating with a dancer from his tour.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Liam Payne, Cheryl and Niall Horan attend the Universal Music BRIT Awards After-Party 2018 hosted by Soho House and Bacardi at The Ned on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Universal Music)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liam Payne and Cheryl attend the Fayre of St James's hosted by Quintessentially Foundation and the Crown Estate in aid of Cheryl's Trust in support of The Prince's Trust on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 09: (L-R) Cheryl-Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala photocall at Four Seasons Hotel George V on May 9, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 09: (L-R) Cheryl-Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala photocall at Four Seasons Hotel George V on May 9, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Cheryl Cole (L) and her boyfriend Liam Payne, member of 'one direction' arrive at the Chopard Trophy Ceremony at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Chopard)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Cheryl Cole (L) and her boyfriend Liam Payne, member of 'one direction' arrive at the Chopard Trophy Ceremony at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Chopard)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne at Sexy Fish restaurant on April 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne at Salmontini restarant on March 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
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