The singer grinned from ear to ear as she posed with the hunky Peaky Blinders actor at the Prince’s Trust Awards this week.
Responding to claims that Cheryl had used the photo to make him jealous, he tweeted: “I am jealous tbh I want to cozy up to Tom hardy too what can I say.”
One fan replied: “Omg you are the king of replies I swear.”
Another added: “LIAM YOUR HUMOUR DESERVES SO MUCH RECOGNITION.”
Liam and Cheryl – who are parents to baby son Bear – have faced weeks of reports their two-year romance is on the brink of collapse.
According to reports, Cheryl ignored her rule of posing with celebrities in order to get a snap with the 40-year-old.
“It’s incredibly rare for Cheryl to make a fuss of any A-listers so Tom should feel chuffed,” a source said.
“She’s always been a huge fan and didn’t waste the opportunity to have a word.”
The added to The Sun: “Also, deep down, she knew posting the pictures on her Instagram would leave Liam lost for words.”
Liam’s tweet comes just a day after he joked on social media that he would “give Cheryl away for a burger”.
He made the bold claim while commenting on Sam Smith’s post about In-N-Out burger in America.
“Good job I pressed the reply button as well @cherylofficial,” he added.
He continued: “I’m f***ing useless at this thing.”