One Direction member Liam Payne and his current girlfriend, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini were reportedly inseparable these past few months but there are rumours surfacing that their relationship is about to hit the rock bottom. The latest buzz revealed that the lad has been keeping his distance from the Girls Aloud member because he is tired of the “divorce drama.”

A source allegedly told Heat Magazine that Payne “pulled back” on his romance with Cheryl—as she wanted to be called—as she faces the divorce with estranged husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, notes Independent.

“Liam is clearly overwhelmed by the divorce battle and how messy it’s getting,” the insider claimed. “He’s been distant since they got back from L.A. as he feels like it’s best for Cheryl if he takes a step back to let her deal with what’s clearly a very stressful situation.”

On the other hand, Inquistr noted that fans are thinking that she could just be another  Payne’s “winter girlfriends.” According to the website, it is more like a “tradition” for the 1D hunk and other members like Harry Styles.

The site also noted that their romantic flair lasted for months, which was rather unusual because One Direction is currently on hiatus, hence, the possibility of meeting other ladies have shrunken down.

Payne and Cheryl met during his X Factor journey, where the 35-year-old brunette was a judge. Their relationship was a secret until the aspiring songwriter confirmed their relationship via social media.

Before the split rumours arise on the internet, the pair is speculated to be taking their relationship seriously and is ready to exchange vows. Payne’s cousin reportedly said that fans might hear wedding bells as soon as they announce their marriage.

“I don’t think their relationship is for publicity just because they’ve been seen holding hands and going to restaurants – unless they’re having fun with the media and fooling everyone, which would actually be quite funny,” Ross Harris said, quotes IB Times.