Enter Rita Ora, stage left.
The pop duo have built an empire with their individual careers, with Rita landing her first solo single RIP back in 2012 and Liam wowing the world with the rise of boyband One Direction in 2010.
After Rita scored an acting gig on Fifty Shades of Grey and continued in the trilogy, when it came to making a single for the soundtrack of the final movie, her first choice for a collaboration was the former 1D star.
Performing their single For You at Kfest on Saturday, the pop princess took to Instagram to share her love for the Strip That Down singer.
INSTAGRAM / RITAORA
“Can’t you two date already?”
INSTAGRAM / RITAORA
She posted: “Thank you @k1047 for having me at your Kfest this year and also my partner in crime @liampayne also on the bill so it was only right to perform For You together! Thank you Liam so much fun as always! Love! [sic]”
After the post, fan comments came flooding in.
Depite the fact that Liam is in a long term relationship with his baby mama Cheryl Tweedy, fans were pining for the pair to take their friendship up a notch with one chirping: “Aww can’t you two date already?”
Another added: “The hottest duo.”
However, others were quick to hit back at Rita, with one angry user blasting: “Have a little respect though?
“I get on well with my girlfriends partners but I wouldn’t go putting cosy snaps of me and them on social media. It’s wrong.”
A troll also accused: “Anyone else noticed her penchant for posting cosy photos of herself with other peoples boyfriends & husbands [sic]?” – referring to the Conor McGregor scandal from last year where the pair looked cosy at the British Fashion Awards despite the fact he has been dating childhood sweetheart Dee Devlin for a decade.
Another ranted: “Cheryl wont be happy about that.”
While a fourth said: “Chez gonna be like meeeaow.”
And a fifth goaded the former X Factor judge by tagging her: “Strong chemistry @cherylofficial.”
A final simply wrote a snake emoji.
It’s not the first time that Liam and rita have turned heads because of their racy performance together, having kissed at the end of For You during their duet on Jimmy Fallon’s US talk show earlier this year.
But during their BRITs performance a few weeks after, the pair distanced themselves and fans noted that they looked ‘awkward’ with some putting it down to Cheryl being in the audience.
Liam has had a very busy work schedule since he split from his former bandmates, having worked on multiple singles and raising baby Bear with Cheryl.
Though the affectionally nicknamed ‘Cheriam’ have been the centre of a number of rumours suggesting a split, there has been no indication that there is truth behind the breakup.
Rita Ora is currently dating Andrew Watt, a New York musician, after revealing that she is bisexual with her latest release, Girls.