Liam Payne has said ex Cheryl is ‘very chill these days’ as he gave a rare insight into how they co-parent son Bear, four.
The former One Direction star, 27, said on the Diary Of A CEO podcast on Tuesday that he is also unsure whether he or Cheryl would want Bear to go into showbiz like they have.
He explained: ‘I think his mum is hoping he’s gonna become some yoga person. His mum is very chill these days.
‘She’s very chill these days’: Liam Payne shared a rare insight into how he and Cheryl co-parent son Bear, 4, in a podcast on Tuseday (pictured in 2018)
‘I would never stop him but I would let him know the risks. My parents did not experience what I had. I want him to do something he enjoys doing every day.’
‘He’s got the best advice from the parents around him for the long run but I don’t know. Obviously, we protected his identity to start off with.’
Liam applied for The X-Factor in 2008, where he first met Cheryl, but was rejected at judges house and rocketed to fame with 1D when he returned to the show in 2010.
Future hopes: Liam (pictured with Bear) said of Cheryl, ‘I think his mum is hoping he’s gonna become some yoga person. His mum is very chill these days’ (pictured in 2018)
Doting mother: Liam went on, ‘He’s got the best advice from the parents around him for the long run but I don’t know. Obviously, we protected his identity to start off with’
Reflecting on being on the reality show, Liam said: ‘That’s not being pretentious or anything other than the fact I want to give him the chance to be Bear first before he has to be all your mum and dad is so and so.
‘I made my choice to be where I was at 14/15, and I think he can make his own choice then too. We’re gonna have a long discussion because I know what effects that has as well.’
The couple, who split in June 2018 after two and a half years together, have largely kept their son’s life hidden from the public eye.
Whirlwind romance: The couple welcomed Bear in March 2017 but confirmed the end of their romance in July 2018 (pictured in February 2018)
First meeting: Liam and Cheryl first crossed paths on the X Factor in 2008 (pictured) when she was 24 and he was 14
On Wednesday, Liam revealed he had injured himself while having a Jiu Jitsu session and accidentally rolling his knee.
Sharing a video while sat on the floor, he said: ‘Hey guys so I was doing Jiu Jitsu today and I have rolled my leg, my knee, so I’m now sat on the floor, out of the sunshine with garden peas on my leg.
‘But these things happen i hope everyone else is having a good beautiful happy hump day and yea don’t try this at home.’
Ouch: On Wednesday, Liam revealed he had injured himself while having a Jiu Jitsu session and accidentally rolling his knee
Closer look: Liam shared an image of his ‘bad leg’ as he rested on the floor
Liam’s latest revelations about his and Cheryl’s hopes for their son comes as the popstar gave fans a candid insight into his life as he discussed his wild ‘pills and booze phase’ during his One Direction days.
Speaking on the same podcast, Liam – who recently called off his engagement to American model Maya Henry – also revealed he is unable to carry out basic everyday tasks and still ‘feels like a child’ despite his £500 million net worth.
Liam admitted that during his time in One Direction he struggled with addiction and mental health issues that he has kept secret, until now.
The group, formed of Liam, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik was formed on The X Factor in 2010, and they went on to become the biggest boyband in the world before their split in 2015.
Yet Liam struggled to stay sober on tour, confessing: ‘There were a few pictures of me on a boat and I was all bloated out and I call it my pills-and-booze face.
‘My face was 10 times bigger than it is now. The problem was, the best way to secure us was to lock us in our rooms, and what is in the room? A mini-bar.
‘So I had a party-for-one that seemed to carry on for years. It was wild but the only way you could get frustration out.’
He also struggled with his mental health, and when asked about ‘moments of suicidal ideation’, Liam confessed: ‘Yeah. There is definitely some stuff I have never spoken about to do with it. It was really, really severe. ‘
Finding fame: One Direction – Liam, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles – formed on The X Factor in 2010, and they went on to become the biggest boyband in the world
Liam – who was just 16 when he joined One Direction – also spoke about how finding fame at a young age meant that he was unable to care for himself, as he had all basic tasks carried out for him.
He explained: ‘I was a director of a half-a-billion pound industry at 22. But if I am trying to pay car insurance I am useless. Picking up my post? I am the worst person in the world. You are deluded in your growth.’
The hitmaker added: ‘I still feel like a child in so many ways. There is no link between money and happiness. It is a myth. Money is the ability to relax on certain things.’
Liam went on to reveal that he slipped back into bad habits during lockdown, and became reliant on alcohol, which led to him putting on weight.
Bloated out: Liam recently said he struggled to stay sober in One Direction, confessing: ‘ There were a few pictures of me on a boat and I was all bloated out and I call it my pills-and-booze face’ (pictured in 2014)
He explained: ‘I did worry up until the last few months. I think a lot of people had this same sort of thing, alcohol. It was getting earlier and earlier and easier and easier to go to.
‘What I’ve found more than anything with the alcohol is boundaries. If you’re on Zoom you can probably get away with being a bit tipsy, when you’re not supposed to be.’
Elsewhere on the podcast, Liam revealed why he called off his engagement to fiancée Maya.
The couple confirmed their engagement in August 2020 after Liam popped the question during lockdown with a £3 million ring.
The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam’s high-profile split from Cheryl.
Sad news: Elsewhere on the podcast, Liam revealed why he called off his engagement to fiancée Maya Henry as he said he needs to ‘work on himself’ (last pictured in September 2020)