Yes, it's sad but true:
As reported in detail on The Hollywood Gossip, Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne have broken up.
No one is quite certain just when the split was finalized, but chatter over a split had been running rampant online for multiple months now.
Payne turned these rumors into an unfortunate reality on Instagram Sunday night when he posted the following:
"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."
He then referenced the couple's son, who was born in March of 2017 and who has both an odd name and a very cute face:
"Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."
No reason was given for the break-up.
So you know what this means, don't you?
Yup: the Internet was free to print basically anything it wanted to about what transpired between the beautiful Brits.
For whatever reason, talk that Cole's mother, Joan Callaghan, did not approve of Payne has become a hot topic among celebrity gossip followers.
There have been reports that she drove a wedge between the artist and encouraged them to go their separate ways.
Entering the spotlight in order to address these reports, Cole took the rare step this afternoon of speaking in public about her private life.
"I hate responding to stuff esp at such difficult times but I cannot sit here and listen to such nasty, false articles regarding my mam," Tweeted Cole to her 6.4 million followers.
She then got to the point, in understandably irritated fashion:
"I don't know why they involve her in stories about me.
"I can assure you she has absolutely nothing to do with any of it. I am a grown woman who is capable of dealing with my own life.
"She is a soft and kind woman who doesn't deserve to be dragged into something that has nothing whatsoever to do with her."
With that, Cheryl Cole dropped the mic.
Figuratively speaking, that is.
The Daily Mail was the main outlet who wrote this morning that Callaghan posed a “problem” in the relationship between her daughter and Liam, writing simply that she got “in the way.”
The attractive and talented singers started dating in 2015.
They rarely discussed their romance in magazines or on social media, but they had been the target of split rumors throughout their relationship, especially toward the end.
Consider what the 24-year old ex-One Direction member said to ES Magazine in March...
"You know, we have our struggles.
"Like, of course I'm not gonna sit here and say that everything's absolutely fine and dandy, because of course you go through different things, and that's what a relationship is."
"This part of our relationship was never not going to happen; there was always going to be a little bit of tenseness in the way we sort ourselves out. But tell me a relationship in the world that doesn't go through a spot like that?
"It's about whether you make it through or not, together, is the main point there, I guess."
That's a fair and realistic assessment of a relationship.
But it wasn't a ringing endorsement for his future with Cole, either.
We somehow have a feeling neither will have trouble finding anyone new.
(Call us, Cheryl!)