Liam Payne reveals why he struggled to bond with baby son Bear

Liam Payne has opened up about how he struggled to bond with his baby son Bear when he was first born in 2017.

The singer says that he found it difficult to be a father to Bear because his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl, was ‘always glued to him.’

Liam told The Guardian, “I built it up so much in my head. Finding your feet in that relationship between child and father – it’s difficult.

“Cheryl was always really glued to Bear, so for me, I was like, ‘What’s my role in this? If I cook and look after her, then in turn I’m looking after him’ – that made sense to me.”

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The admission comes after Liam recently opened up about his split from the former Girls Aloud singer and how he feels about her moving on.

“It’s not the most normal situation. My life is abnormal, so what is normal,” he said.

“We genuinely get on, there are so many parallels we share in life.

“I hope she’s happy, she deserves it, she’s a great mum, she works hard, she deserves to find happiness.”

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The former One Direction star, who is now dating model Maya Henry, added, “I have thought long and hard about [her moving on with someone else].

“We will find our own peace with it, for now, it’s good. I go over, do whatever, watch TV, it’s good, it’s nice.”

Speaking about the split, he added, “Both of us struggled under the pressure – working away a lot, a lot of noise being shouted at us about it, having a child in the mix, we grew apart.

“I was worried I would not be enough to look after the both of them.”

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Liam Payne ‘struggled to connect with son Bear as Cheryl was glued to him’

Liam Payne has opened up about his struggles to find his role as a father to his two-year-old son, Bear.

The 26-year-old former One Direction singer said that Cheryl was "always glued to Bear" when he was a newborn and he couldn't find a bond with the baby.

Speaking to The Guardian , Liam said the first months of his son were "difficult" as she searched for his role in the little one's life but decided that the best way to help him was to look after 36-year-old Cheryl.

Liam said: "I built it up so much in my head. Finding your feet in that relationship between child and father – it's difficult.


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"Cheryl was always really glued to Bear, so for me, I was like, 'What's my role in this? If I cook and look after her, then in turn I'm looking after him' – that made sense to me."

Liam has admitted that going weeks without seeing Bear has been difficult but his career has dictated that this is the case.

He has cited new technology as a saviour for his relationship with his son and while it is "always difficult", Liam said: "He's good at using the phone and FaceTime."


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Liam currently co-parents Bear with Cheryl and despite splitting in July last year, they spent the Christmas together.

Speaking about his time with One Direction, Liam revealed that he took an epilepsy drug as a mood stabiliser.

He also admitted that he battled an alcohol problem while with the boy band.

Liam said that he took the drug as a way of stabilising "erratic highs and lows" that were part and parcel of being with the world's biggest boy band.

He also said that he was sometimes would be affected by certain lights when performing live.


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Explaining why he turned to booze, Liam said that at the height of One Direction's fame, they were often stuck inside hotels for hours on end as fans waited to mob them outside.

It was during these long hours that Liam turned to alcohol to beat the boredom.

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