Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's best friend says she will be a "brilliant mother".

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Amid speculation that Cheryl could be pregnant with her first child with One Direction singer Liam Payne, her pal Kimberley Walsh has praised Cheryl for being wonderful with children.

Speaking to the Sunday People, she said: "She's really happy right now. And she'll be a brilliant mum. She has loads of nieces and nephews, so she's used to the madness of children."

And Kimberley - who is expecting her second child with husband Justin Scott - went on to add that both Cheryl and their Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts, are "naturally good with kids".

While Cheryl, 33, and 23-year-old Liam have yet to comment on the pregnancy speculation, her former boss, 'X Factor' star Simon Cowell seemingly added fuel to the fire in July when he said she'd make a great mother because she's a "natural" with his two-year-old son Eric.

He said at the time: "I guess that is what happens when you are with someone. Cheryl would be an amazing mum.

"I have seen her with my son Eric and other kids over the years and she is incredible. She is very good with them.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

"I think she is in a good place in her life right now. I had dinner with her a couple of months ago with Liam and they were great. I saw her the other night and she was on great form. She stays in contact on phone and text and she is good. But I do think she misses working with me."

Cheryl and Liam have been a hot topic of conversation since they struck up a relationship in December as their romance came just a few months after she split from her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

The 'Crazy Stupid Love' hitmaker tied the knot with Jean-Bernard in July 2014 following a three-month courtship but things came crashing down a year later.