Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne look loved-up as they make their red carpet debut

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne were happy to flaunt their affection for each other as they made their red carpet debut as a couple.

Singers Cheryl, 32, and Liam, 22, posed together at this year's Global Gift Gala in Paris, before walking off holding hands.

Cheryl and Liam hit the red carpet hand-in-hand
Cheryl and Liam hit the red carpet hand-in-hand (Rex/Shutterstock)

Cheryl, who last month quit The X Factor to focus on her solo career, stunned in a halterneck pink dress.

Her former One Direction singer boyfriend opted for a simple black suit with white shirt, and struggled to take his eyes off her - whispering in her ear as they posed for the cameras.

Cheryl and Liam got cosy on the red carpet
Cheryl and Liam got cosy on the red carpet (Rex/Shutterstock)

Former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl had plenty to smile about as she arrived at the event with Liam in tow: she was being honoured by Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria for her charity work.

Cheryl posted on Instagram: "So honoured to receive the Global gift philanthropist award tonight."

International travel has clearly taken its toll on Liam, however.

In the early hours of the next morning, he posted a photograph captioned: "Paris before sunrise #jetlag"