ONE DIRECTION superstar Liam Payne has detailed his short-lived relationship with Cheryl Tweedy.
The Strip That Down singer, 28, says he and Cheryl, 38, started fighting after the birth of their son Bear Gray Payne in 2017.
Liam says having a baby “destroyed the relationship, but for all the right reasons.”
Liam said: “She is the best mom in the world. I couldn’t wish for someone better.
“I take my son to school once or twice a week and that’s the best. The relationship we now have as friends has only grown stronger.
“We broke up for some reason, and now she gives me complete autonomy in my life and in what I do, and I know that he [Bear’s] taken into custody.”
Admitting that it was difficult for him to become a young father at the age of only 23, Liam said: “I love talking to other new fathers. You don’t know what will happen and it will be different.
“And, to be honest with you, it ruined the relationship at that point, but for all the right reasons. I was so excited about his birth that I actually worried if I wouldn’t love him enough.”
Praising Cheryl for stepping back from the limelight to raise a boy, Liam said: “He’s all she cares about and I can’t ask for more.
“My life belongs to him now. My money belongs to him. I have several companies that he can run if he wants, one day or sell … but now he is only five years old, so we have a long way to go.
Detailing the first 24 hours of becoming parents, Liam told Logan Paul’s podcast that Cheryl “had a lot of bleeding during labor” so she slept for most of the first day.
He added, “So there was me and the baby in the room and I had to take care of him. It was fun”.
However, while he insists that he will support Bear in whatever he wants to be, Liam fears that he will follow in his and Cheryl’s footsteps and come into the public eye.
He said: “The worst thing for me is that one day he woke up and said that I want to be famous.
I’ve been protecting his face since he was young. I chose fame, or rather a career as a singer, when I was 14… I know you can’t close the lid back.”
Cheryl and Liam started dating in February 2016 – eight years after Liam auditioned for Cheryl on The X Factor.
A year later, they welcomed their first child – though they were keen to keep the little one out of the spotlight, they never confirmed Cheryl was pregnant, despite lighting up London’s Christmas lights with a massive bump.
By February 2018, there were rumors that the romance had reached a dead end, despite a very public display of affection at the Brit Awards.
In June 2018, Liam and Cheryl released a joint statement confirming that they had parted ways.
Since then, Cheryl is believed to have remained single while Liam continued dating and later proposed to One Direction fan-turned-model Maya Henry.
The couple broke up for the second time earlier this year – Liam insisted he wasn’t good at relationships and wanted to work on himself.
He is currently dating model Aliana Maula.