Liam Payne announced in his most candid chat that welcoming son Bear with ex Cheryl “destroyed their relationship, but for all the right reasons”.
The former One Direction hitman, 28, and Loud Girls star, 38, welcomed Bear in 2017, but split the following year after a two-and-a-half-year relationship.
On Logan Paul’s Impalsive Podcast on Wednesday, the Strip That Down singer said he initially struggled to become a father at the age of 23, detailing how Cheryl had “heavy” bleeding during labor.
Shouldn’t be: Liam Payne announces in his most candid chat that welcoming son Bear with ex Cheryl “destroyed their relationship, but for all the right reasons” (pictured February 2018)
He said: “I love talking to other new dads. You don’t know what to expect, it’s different.
“Honestly, it ruined a relationship at the time, but for all the right reasons. I was so excited about his birth that I was really worried if I didn’t love him enough.
Speaking about the ex-couple’s day as parents, Liam detailed a horrific incident in which Cheryl “bleeded heavily in childbirth” – which left her resting for most of Belle’s first day .
He said: “So for the first 24 hours of his life it was just me and a baby in the room, I was 23 and had to take care of it and I didn’t even have any little sisters or anything. Fun.
“At the end of the night I was playing FIFA with my little boy in my arms and was like ‘this is the coolest thing ever’.
DAD: Former One Direction producer, 28, and Girl Loud star, 38, welcomed Bale in 2017 but split the following year after a two-year relationship
Liam praised his ex and provided insight into their shared parenting, saying: “She is the best mum in the world. I couldn’t ask for a better one.
“I can take my son to school once or twice a week and that’s the best thing. We’re only getting more and more as friends now.
“We broke up for a reason and now she has given me full autonomy in my life to do what I do and I know he is [Bear’s] Done. He was all she cared about and I couldn’t ask for more. They live just three minutes from my house.
“I always stick myself where he is. My life now is his. My money is his. I have a few companies that he can run if he wants one day, or he can sell… But now he’s only five years old, so we still have a long way to go.
“He was a lovely, lovely boy. We were lucky.
Happier times: Liam compliments his ex: ‘She’s the best mum in the world. I couldn’t ask for a better one’ (photo taken May 2016)
Liam detailed his concerns about young children following their parents into the entertainment industry, adding: “The scariest thing for me was that he woke up one day and said ‘I want to be famous.
“He’s already said ‘I want to sing Strip That Down on stage with dad’ and it freaks me out because I know what it’s done to me.
I have protected his face since he was a child. I chose to be famous, and when I was 14, I chose a singing career…I know you can’t reopen the lid.
“He died for it, went to rehearsal with his mum, and I had a video of him dancing and he wanted to sing. At least I did all the wrong things for him so he didn’t have to.
Liam and Cheryl first met when they auditioned for The X Factor at the age of 14, and they confirmed reports that they were dating back in February 2016.
Cheryl later kept fans guessing for months before confirming her pregnancy in the most public way possible – in a photo from L’Oreal, she posed in a form-fitting black dress and hugged her belly .
The couple confirmed the birth of their son Bear on Mother’s Day 2017, posting the same post on Instagram of Liam holding the newborn baby.
“As my close friends and family know, I’m rarely speechless… WOW!” Liam captioned the shot.
Whirlwind romance: The two started dating in December 2015
Bump: By December 2016, the pair attended a Christmas concert in London, where Cheryl showed off a growing baby bump – although she never announced her pregnancy
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new baby boy into the world, a moment I will never forget and my favorite memory to date.
“I’m totally in awe of his incredible mother and how she got through it all, she really made my dreams come true.
“We haven’t named him yet, but he has captured hearts including mine. I feel so blessed. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!
Cheryl confirmed that she and Liam broke up sadly in a July 2018 tweet to her 7 million Twitter followers.
She wrote: “We regret to announce that we will be going our separate ways. It was a difficult decision for us.
Old times: Liam and Cheryl – 10 years apart in age – first met when he auditioned for X Factor at 14 (pictured)
Smile: then big name Cheryl smiles as she receives wink from teen
“We still have a lot of love for each other as a family. The bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we get through this together.
Moments later, Liam shared the same tweet with his own followers on the microblogging site.
In 2019, Liam revealed that he and Cheryl “rubbed each other in a bad way” and suggested she “frightened” him during a candid interview about their relationship.
The star also discussed how the pressures of their high-profile romance caused the beauty to feel stressed about leaving home.
Speaking on Jessie Ware’s “Table Manners” podcast about the pressures of their romance, the star said: “I think we rubbed off on each other a little bit in this way. Actually, in a bad way. All of that for a while. Relationships bring a lot of stress.
Liam also hinted that he was “scared” of Cheryl during their relationship, saying: “She’s strict. She surprises me sometimes.
When asked if he was afraid of her, he said: “Assuming I’ve accepted a lot.”
Elsewhere on the podcast, Liam came under fire after speaking about his former One Direction bandmates.
The singer made some comments that were not well received by fans.
He and the host discussed the headline online feud between former bandmate Zayn Malik and Logan’s brother Jake Paul in 2020, which culminated in Zayn’s then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid slamming Jake for being “irrelevant” and defending her boyfriend as a ” a revered king”.
Liam gave his take on the drama, saying: “She tweeted something about making herself a respectable person or something. Not a good age for that.
The comment was interpreted by fans as a reference to allegations made last year by Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, that Zayn pushed her into a dresser and called her a “damn Dutch slut.”
Liam went on to talk about Zayn, saying “I don’t like Zayn for a lot of reasons,” but because of what Zayn called a tough upbringing, he’d be “always on his side.”
He said: “There are many reasons why I don’t like Zayn, and there are many reasons why I will always, always be by his side.
“If I had to go through what he went through, go through his upbringing and whatever. You know your parents are so supportive?
“My parents were so supportive that it was annoying sometimes, and they didn’t even mind me saying it. Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.
He continued: “You can always look at where the guy is and say, ‘Oh, yeah, whatever that guy’s advert is about.'” Correct? But at the end of the day, once you understand what he went through to get to this point, and whether he even wants to be there…
“I’m more misunderstood by myself than anyone, like I don’t know what I’m doing or why I’m here. Like, I can’t sit here because anything has to do with him.
Fans dismissed Liam’s words and defended Zayn on social media, leading to Liam’s name trending on Twitter.
They called Liam out after reports he had betrayed ex-fiancé Maya Henry for reinforcing negative stereotypes and telling him to review his relationship.
Another argued: “It’s not right to bring up the fact that other people’s parents are not as supportive as us. The only way Liam Payne gets talked about is when he talks about other 1D members. Live a truly embarrassing life ‘.
Liam has also been criticized for claiming to outsell his One Direction bandmates with his debut solo single, Strip That Down.
He said: “We did the first song, a billion streams. I think it sold more than everyone in the band – and I was the last to leave.
However, many fans point out that the track currently has only 800,000 streams, and consider Zayn’s Pillowtalk and Harry Styles’ marks of the era to be more successful.
“I’m the most successful guy in the band,” in a tweet that said Liam payne was serious, while saying it literally showed he was a joke.
Second chime: ”I sell better than all the boys’ – Liam Payne on Logan Paul’s podcast as Harry Styles 15 gigs at msg, 2 nights at Wembley Stadium, two The weekend headliner Coachella was sold out, and he broke chart records with class and respect for his former bandmates.
Another claimed: “I’ve never seen a bigger failure than Liam Payne in my life. You went from the biggest group on the planet to a former member of your group sitting on the Logan Paul Podcast.
“I don’t think I’ll see the day when Liam Payne becomes the most questionable member of a direction, my 12-year-old self would never believe it, haha,” the fourth agreed.