‘It’s been difficult’: Liam Payne admits he has not seen his son Bear because he is in lockdown with ex Cheryl and was recently forced to miss his third birthday
Liam Payne has revealed he hasn’t seen his son Bear, three, in weeks as he is currently in lockdown with his mother Cheryl while Liam is in London.
The singer, 26, admitted he had to miss Bear’s birthday in late March as it was around the time social distancing measures were introduced.
Speaking to The Sun about family life, Liam told how he has been communicating with his son over FaceTime amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Family: Liam Payne, 26, has revealed he hasn’t seen his son Bear, three, in weeks as he is currently in lockdown with his mother Cheryl, 36, while Liam is in London
He said: ‘Me and Cheryl had a very open conversation about visiting, but it’s difficult.
‘It was right around his birthday that it (lockdown) happened. It was one of the first times I was in the country for his birthday and I was ready to go over and I just thought, “I don’t know how I feel about it”.
‘So it’s just been difficult having to put up with a lot of FaceTime, and sometimes he wants to talk on FaceTime, sometimes he doesn’t.’
Liam, who is currently dating American model Maya Henry, added that he has a new-found respect for people who have jobs that mean they have to go extended periods of time without seeing their children.
Apart: Liam told how he had to miss Bear’s birthday in late March as it was around the time social distancing measures were introduced (pictured with his ex Cheryl in February 2018)
The former One Direction star also admitted his mother Karen was less than impressed when she saw his Hugo Boss photoshoot with model Stella Maxwell.
Liam displayed his buff physique in the shoot and recalled how he decided to tell his father about it first to soften the blow.
However, while he was showing his father some of the pictures before the shoot became public, his mother saw them of them too and hit him over the ear.
Liam, who previously admitted he thought on the day of the shoot he had ‘just shot soft-core porn’, said the moment made him feel like a child again.
Awkward: Liam also admitted he was given a ‘clip around the ear’ by his mother after his infamously raunchy Hugo Boss photoshoot with Stella Maxwell became public
Photoshoot: Liam delayed telling his mother (pictured) about the ad, preferring to tell his father first
The hitmaker previously revealed he finds it difficult being away from his son Bear when he’s busy with his music career.
Speaking on British Vogue’s In The Bag YouTube series, he said: ‘If I could fit one person in my bag, it would have to be my son. It’s hard being out on the road and missing him, working away as much as I do.’
Praising Cheryl, 36, who he split from in July 2018 after a two year romance, he said: ‘His mum’s super understanding with me, she takes great care of him. I always know he’s really well looked after.
‘It’s just the little moments you miss out on sometimes that I’d love to be there for more.’
Former flame: Liam and Cheryl dated from March 2016 – July 2018 (pictured May 2016)
Liam and Cheryl dated between February 2016 and July 2018. The pair welcomed Bear in March 2017.
They have remained civil since their split, with the hunk even insisting he would be not sure what he and Bear would do without Cheryl in a sweet Mother’s Day post in March.
He wrote: ‘Happy Mother’s Day to these two amazing super mums not sure what me and the little man would do without you xx’.
Liam is now dating model Maya, 19, with the pair last seen together at a Tings magazine event in London in early March.
Their outing came after the pair brushed off claims they had split after they were said to have parted ways due to their busy schedules.
MailOnline revealed that this wasn’t the case, as a source explained that they were ‘very happy together.’
Liam said of Cheryl: ‘His mum’s super understanding with me, she takes great care of him. I always know he’s really well looked after’ (Bear pictured with Cheryl in December)
A friend of the couple explained they were taking their romance off social media, and said: ‘Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together.
‘Both been taking time off social media lately and enjoying each other’s company away from the spotlight.’
In October, Liam spoke out about his turbulent love life with MTV News, revealing that ‘many girls’ broke his heart in the past but said Maya ‘completely’ has his back.
‘Honestly with love, I think you don’t really understand it until it gives you that sting, it took a long time for me,’ Liam said.
‘Something really hurt me and it kind of made me appreciate love and people a lot more, for the longest time, living such an exposed life made dating really hard.
‘I’ve found someone who’s genuinely my best friend, she’s just so relaxed about everything and someone who’s completely got your back with everything is just the wildest thing.’
New love: Liam is now dating Texan model Maya Henry, 19, and the pair are regularly seen out at events together (pictured November 2019)
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