Liam Payne says he is taking 'time away' from son Bear

‘It’s not unusual for me to be in and out of his life’: Liam Payne says he and Cheryl agreed he should take some ‘time away’ from son Bear

  • Liam, 27, and Cheryl, 37, have had a discussion about the current lockdown
  • They agreed it would be best for Liam to take some ‘time away’, says Liam
  • Singer Liam said that they came to the conclusion for ‘different’ reasons
  • Liam said: ‘He [Bear] is a quiet and chill child. He doesn’t worry about things’
  • Liam and Cheryl split a year after their son Bear was born following two and a half years together 

Liam Payne has revealed he and ex-girlfriend Cheryl have agreed he should take some time ‘away’ from their son Bear during the lockdown.

The singer, 27, claimed it’s ‘not unusual’ for him to be ‘in and out’ of his three-year-old son’s life as he discussed the extended break from Bear.

During an interview with Tings magazine, Liam said: ‘[Lockdown] it’s the longest I haven’t seen him [Bear] in his life.

For the best: Liam Payne has revealed he and ex-girlfriend Cheryl have agreed he should take some time ‘away’ from their son Bear during the lockdown

‘But we discussed from the start and for different reasons, me and Cheryl decided I should be away for a little bit, it’s not unusual for me to be in and out of his life.

‘He’s a quiet and chill child. He doesn’t worry about things too much.’

Liam also touched on how he and Cheryl, 37, were keen to keep Bear out of the spotlight and as a result he is also a very private father.

He said it works best this way as he gets to be a dad and have a family, which he feels is the opposite of being in the public eye.

Love: The singer, 27, admitted it ‘isn’t usual’ for him to be ‘in and out’ of his three-year-old son’s life as he discussed the extended break from Bear (pictured shortly after son Bear’s birth)

Liam and Cheryl split a year after their son Bear was born following two and a half years together.

Last month it was reported Liam quit drinking, amid fears his party-hard lifestyle will ruin his relationship with Bear.

The reports come from The Sun, whose source said: ‘Liam was taking things a bit far with partying. He was given warnings, heeded them and is now in a good place.

‘The most worrying thing for him was he was told to consider whether he’d be around for Bear if he ­carried on the way he was going.

Split: Liam and Cheryl split a year after their son Bear was born following two and a half years together (pictured February 2018)

None of that: Last month it was reported Liam quit drinking, amid fears his party-hard lifestyle will ruin his relationship with Bear

‘It was a tough warning, probably exaggerated, but it jolted him into action as he’s a devoted dad.’

MailOnline contacted Liam’s representative for comment at the time. 

In March, Liam admitted that missing his son Bear’s third birthday was the ‘hardest thing’ for him during the UK COVID-19 lockdown.

The For You singer made the ‘tough call’ as he worried that he had been ‘exposed’ to so many things by living in London.

Struggles: In March, Liam admitted that missing his son Bear’s third birthday was the ‘hardest thing’ for him during the UK COVID-19 lockdown 

Liam admitted that it was ‘horrible’ to miss out on the celebrations on March 22 but he had spoken to Cheryl, who agreed it was the ‘best option’. 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain at the time,Liam said: ‘Yeah, it was a really tough call to make to not go down for his birthday but I discussed it with Cheryl and we just thought it was the best option.

‘I am out here in the city, I had been exposed to so many things before his birthday and we were still finding out more information about this thing.’

Liam added that it was ‘horrible’ missing out on his son’s milestone but he was able to get involved via technology.

He continued: ‘It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time, which was horrible, and missing out on it wasn’t great.

Decisions: The For You singer made the ‘tough call’ as he worried that he had been ‘exposed’ to so many things by living in London (Cheryl and Bear pictured in December) 

‘I got a lot of pictures and videos. I did do a little FaceTime but that’s been the hardest thing I think, the most difficult thing for all of us.

‘I think it’s quite funny now, the technology that was pushing us quite far apart is now bringing us closer together in this time. More so than ever.’  

Around the same time, Liam told how he has been communicating with his son over FaceTime amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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.’

Candid: Liam admitted that it was ‘horrible’ to miss out on the celebrations on March 22 but he had spoken to Cheryl, who agreed it was the ‘best option’

Liam 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.

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 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.’ 

They couple 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 engaged to fiancée Maya Henry, 20, with the former One Direction star telling Good Morning America last month: ‘We’re just really happy.

‘I mean, in the last week, I’ve just had a birthday, my son has gone to school for the first time today, so it seems like a lot of firsts for me, really, actually, which is great.’ 

It was confirmed that the For You hitmaker had popped the question to Maya in August after the brunette beauty was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her left hand after having dinner with Liam at Novikov Restaurant & Bar in London. 

Loved-up! Liam is now engaged to fiancée Maya Henry, 20, with the former One Direction star telling Good Morning America last month: ‘We’re just really happy’ 

The couple were first spotted together back in August 2018, but didn’t make their romance Instagram office until September 2019. 

Liam has previously described Maya – who he initially met when she was a fan of One Direction – as his ‘best friend’.

He said: ‘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. 

‘I don’t think I’ve ever really experienced that before in someone so it’s quite a wonder to watch actually.’ 

The singer has also insisted that Maya had helped him cope with his fame and had given him the confidence to be himself in public and simply relax and not worry about any attention he might receive.

He said: ‘The difference is with [Maya], she’s so relaxed that it helps me relax in a situation, rather than being somewhere and talk about who is watching and what’s going on.

‘People are going to watch whatever. What am I supposed to do? I can’t do anything about it now. It’s too late for that.’ 

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