Liam Payne has revealed he is “closer than ever” to ex Cheryl.
Former One Direction singer, 27, praised Fight For This Love hitmaker, 37, for being “the best person” to raise a child and said he had a “really lovely” relationship with her and their 4-year-old son Bear.
Liam also revealed that Cheryl and Cheryl spend “a lot” of time chatting with each other on FaceTime while they are raising Bear together, and that their relationship is “very relaxed.”
‘She’s the best person to co-parent with’: Liam Payne revealed he’s ‘closer than ever’ to ex Cheryl as he discusses parenting arrangements with son Bear on Thursday
Liam – who is now engaged to Maya Henry – told Glamor, “Cheryl is literally the best person to co-parent with. No stress involved. It’s very, very relaxed and we spend a lot of time on FaceTime.
“And it’s been really sweet, and I’m closer to them than I’ve ever been before, actually, which is really, really nice.
“But FaceTime at bedtime can go really well sometimes. Or I bought her some toys yesterday that I showed them on FaceTime and it felt like I had to go travel and put the toys over the fence!
Friendly: The singer praised the Fight For This Love hitmaker for being ‘the best person’ to raise a child with (Liam is pictured with Bear after he was born in 2017)
Liam – who is engaged to Maya Henry – admitted he struggled with the latest coronavirus lockdown in the UK because he wasn’t working and had nothing to keep him busy. drove in a “dark” place.
But he added that he has now embraced the downtime period because it helps him slow down and relax more.
During the interview, he also confessed that he wished he had “had more fun” while in One Direction, and felt “too serious” being part of the group.
Liam is also set to make an appearance at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, and the star hinted that he will feature something fans have “never seen before” in a teaser video released Thursday.
Liam and Cheryl separated in July 2018, just 16 months after welcoming their son Bear, but the couple have remained on good terms.
Happy: Said, “And it’s been really lovely, and I’m closer to them than I’ve ever been before, actually, which is really, really cool” (Cheryl is pictured with Bear in 2019)
In January, the star said that due to the ongoing pandemic he had to make sure he had a negative Covid test before he could visit Bear, even believing he was just living ‘on the streets’ .
Speaking on an Instagram Live with producer Ben Winston, with whom he worked on several One Direction music videos and their 2013 documentary This Is Us, Liam offered a rare glimpse into his son’s visit.
He said: “I went to see Bear today, we had a little hangout, which was good as I hadn’t seen him for a few weeks.
“It’s difficult with COVID because I have to make sure I’m negative before going to see it, so you have to wait a few days before you can test, so …
“He’s only on the street and it’s completely complicated, but he’s grown so big, huge. “
Challenging: In January, the star said due to the ongoing pandemic he had to make sure he had a negative Covid test before he could visit Bear
Liam also recently said that her baby boy “rekindled” his love for Christmas because the time of year had “always seemed a bit sluggish” in the past.
He said in an interview with People: “For me, it really kick-started Christmas. I moved from home when I was 17, so Christmas took on a whole new meaning.
“It was great to be able to give gifts to people and make everyone feel welcome, but Christmas has always been a little hollow for some reason. Now he kind of filled that hole for me and I understand it once again.
Before the Level 4 restrictions were introduced at Christmas, Cheryl, 37, confirmed that she was spending Christmas with Liam so they could both enjoy the day with their son amid the pandemic.
She said on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, “It’ll probably just be me, my mom, and Liam. My mom makes a great roast, and Liam normally makes the meat on Christmas. He is really good at it and goes all out.
“We watch the movie Home Alone. Both [films], I always play them back to back. I love it. I think it’s because it reminds me of when I was a kid.
“I love mulled wine. I love that everyone wears the same pajamas on Christmas Eve… This year we will have Disney ones.
Pals: Liam and Cheryl separated in July 2018, just 16 months after welcoming son Bear, but the couple have remained on good terms