Liam Payne, 26, may be absolutely smitten with his new girlfriend Maya Henry, 19, as she meets his mum but, Cheryl is said to be struggling with the idea.
A source told new! magazine that the thought of Cheryl’s ex-Liam “playing happy families with Bear upsets her”.
The insider added: “She knows she’s going to have to be mature about it and accept it, but it has stung badly and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to make peace with the fact that she has to, at some point, watch another woman be a mother figure to her son.
“Cheryl’s fear is Bear having a step mum who he turns to and grows close to, and having a new family life away from her.”
Liam has recently taken his relationship with Maya to the next level by introducing her to her mum. A source told The Sun: “Introducing her to his mum shows how much he thinks of her.”
But, Cheryl’s insider spoke of how she's now fretting over the possibility that Liam and Maya may want to start a family of their own someday.
The source added: “While Cheryl wants Liam to settle down again and be happy, the reality of him being in a serious relationship has hit her hard given she’s still single.
“She’s uneasy at the thought of Liam going on to have another baby before her and giving Bear a sibling – something she has dreamt of doing herself.” But, despite her concerns, Cheryl is said to want to give Maya a chance.
“Cheryl has vowed to make an effort with Maya and wants to be on good terms with her, as she knows it would make her life incredibly tough if she wasn’t,” the insider said.
“But she’d like Liam to ensure things are serious before he introduces her to Bear, which he’s promised to do.”
This comes after Cheryl confessed she still “loves and cares” about Liam. Opening up on their relationship a year after their split, in June 2019, the Fight For This Love singer told The Sun Online: “Things are great. I’m actually really happy that we can be the way we are. “We love and care about each other a lot and we shared a child. It’s really important that we’re able to have a very healthy good relationship.
“We’re going to be in each other’s lives forever so we’ve got to figure it out and be grown-up about it.”
Cheryl and Liam parted ways in July 2018, after two and a half years of dating. Announcing the sad news on Twitter, the parents wrote a joint statement which read: “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask you that you respect his privacy as we navigate through this together.”
In November 2018, a few months after they ended, Cheryl revealed the reason why the pair broke up in her first interview in years and explained: “So [Liam] wanted to settle down and have a family and not do the solo thing. Then we encouraged him to do that.”
She added: “And then it didn't work out.”
After their split, Liam was romantically linked to a number of celebrity women including Amber Davies, 22, Cairo Dwek, 20, and Naomi Campbell, 49.
Liam and Maya first met in 2015 at a One Direction meet and greet in Kansas city. Their paths crossed when he attended a Dolce & Gabbana event in Lake Como in July last year – after Liam split from Cheryl.
Things temporarily fizzled out between the pair, but, the source revealed Liam is “besotted” by the model now. They said: “Liam and Maya have been together for several months now”.
“He is besotted and they get on very well. But he wanted to wait before they started going public.
“He is close to Cheryl and, out of respect to her, only wanted to go public with a girlfriend when he knew it was right.”
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