Cheryl ‘s ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini has branded Liam Payne a “little man” in the wake of their split, according to pals.
Friends of the restaurateur , who was married to Cheryl from 2014 to 2016, say he’d love to give his relationship with the Girls Aloud singer another go and that he’s not surprised her romance with Liam didn’t last.
Cheryl, 35, and Liam, 24, who share one-year-old son Bear, announced recently that they were splitting up after two and a half years together.
Now, a friend of JB’s has claimed that he’s keen to give things another go with Cheryl.
They told The Sun : “JB always knew Liam and Cheryl wouldn’t last — she is 10 years older.
“If Cheryl walked back into his life he would give their relationship another go.”
It comes after reports that 37-year-old JB had a run in with Liam at The Chiltern Firehouse restaurant, in London, with staff having to intervene.
The friend added: “Liam was worse for wear. He was goading JB but JB said he was not going to get involved with a ‘little 24 year old boy’.”
They said he didn’t want to “cause a fuss” and realised that Liam was only acting the way he was because he was “tipsy”.
The pal also said JB had called Liam “little man”, but because of his age, not his height or any other physical attributes.
They went on to say that marriage is “sacred” to Cheryl’s ex and that he “loved her deeply”.
Cheryl and Liam both announced their split on Twitter.
Liam wrote: “Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. 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.”
Cheryl’s near-identical tweet said: “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. 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.”
Mirror Online has contacted Jean-Bernard’s representatives for comment.