Cheryl Fernandez-Versini treated her assistant to a lavish holiday for her 30th birthday.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

The 33-year-old singer - who is expecting her first baby with One Direction singer Liam Payne - sent her PA Lily England to the Maldives so she could celebrate the milestone.

Lily wrote on Instagram: "What an unbelievable trip....somewhere I'd only ever dreamed of visiting! Thank you @cherylofficial #bestbirthdaypresentEVER #turning30defintelyhaditsperks (sic)."

Cheryl is a fan of the Maldives and last February, just months after they started dating, she and Liam enjoyed a romantic break together in the Indian Ocean destination.

The pop duo - whose romance was still a secret at the time - went to extreme lengths in order to keep their relationship under wraps, with Cheryl flying there via Kimberley Walsh's wedding in Barbados, while Liam flew to the sun-drenched holiday destination from London.

A source said: "It was great for Liam and Cheryl to go on their first big holiday away together. The Maldives was the perfect spot as there was little chance of fans spotting them and it gave them a chance to spend time together.

"It was really hushed up and they went to great lengths not to be spotted when they flew in.

"Some of their closest friends didn't even know they had been away, let alone on holiday with each other.

"They had an amazing trip and it really made them believe they had something special together.

"Being able to completely unwind away from the world's eye is not something that a member of the biggest boyband of the world and one of the UK's biggest style icons get to do often.

"So they made the most of being in their stunning surroundings."