Cheryl and Liam Payne announce the birth of their 'beautiful' baby boy

Chloe Chaplain

Cheryl and Liam Payne have announced the birth of their baby boy as they become parents for the first time.

The former X-Factor judge and the One Direction singer revealed on Saturday that their son was born on Wednesday.

An overjoyed Cheryl, 33, published a picture of Liam holding the baby on Instagram.

She wrote: “On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream.

Newborn: Cheryl announced the news with a picture of her son being held by Liam

“Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.

“Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever.”

Celebrations: The former X-Factor judge announced her son's birth on Instagram

Liam, 23, also shared the sweet picture, writing: "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow!

"I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.

Big news: The couple kept the pregnancy quiet for many months (Rex Features)

"I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true. We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed.

"Happy Mother's Day everyone!"

The couple had kept details of the pregnancy private, but Cheryl had been photographed numerous times with a prominent baby bump.