X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman appeared to confirm rumours that the pop star was expecting a baby with girlfriend Cheryl earlier this week.
So Liam Payne sent fans into meltdown on Friday by uploading a shirtless selfie to Instagram - causing them to swoon over his body as a 'father-to-be' in comments.
The former One Direction star, 23, garnered over 200,000 likes in less than an hour as he showed off his unbelievably shredded chest in the snap during a workout - proving his intense fitness regime to be paying off.
The One Direction crooner stripped to nothing but his shorts for the hot snap, which he took of his hunky reflection in the mirror.
The star's rippling chest muscles and bulging biceps were left on full display as he posed front on to the camera, while his shredded stomach was only made more defined by the addition of a dramatic black and white filter.
With his muscle tone taking centre stage, fans were quick to express their admiration for the handsome singer.