The Anywhere hit-maker brought out the One Direction hunk during her set at a pre VMA bash in New York.
Showing off her animalistic side, Rita opted for an eye-catching neon yellow leopard print outfit.
Making it impossible to miss her, the former X Factor judge teamed a skin-tight dress with matching bold tights and kitten heels.
Joining Rita onstage for a rendition of their Fifty Shades Freed collaboration For You, newly single Liam Payne looked at like the cat who got the cream as he beamed away at the pop beauty.
In stark contract to their 2018 BRIT Awards performance which was watched by the star’s baby mama Cheryl, Liam and Rita couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
Back in February fans took to Twitter to moan that the musical duo appeared wooden as they performed the global smash as far away from each other on the stage as possible.
But this time around, things couldn’t have been any different.
Placing his hand on her waist, Liam pulled Rita in so they were nose to nose.
“Honestly can Liam and Rita just date”
Liam Payne fan
Seductively raising her hand, the blonde beauty then started to caress Liam’s face as she sang: “I’m bleeding in love/ You’re swimming in my veins/ You’ve got me now.”
Rita then slowly lowered her hand and placed it on his chest.
Giving a cheeky smile, Liam pulling away before turning to hyperventilating fans.
Taking to social media to gush over the performance, one fan wrote: “They need to date.”
Another was less keen on idea replying: “Lol Rita and Liam is big ass no.”
lol rita and liam is big ass no
“Honestly can Liam and Rita just date,” a third begged.
“Since announcing his split from Cheryl on July 1, Liam Payne has been linked to a string of beautiful girls.
Most recently, model Cairo Dwek is said to have fallen for the Strip That Down singer’s charms.
After initially meeting in Monaco the duo then followed each other on Instagram before Liam was caught ‘liking her pics’.
Since then they have been snapped holding hands and kissing in the back seat of a car as their romance heats up.
Reports over the weekend claim Liam has been hurt by allegations that he’s moved on too quick from his Cheryl.
The Mail On Sunday claim that the couple had actually agreed to go their separate ways long before July though Chezza had wanted to keep details about their doomed romance as quiet as possible.