Liam Payne says Cheryl is ‘very chill these days’ in rare insight into co-parenting (Image: INSTAGRAM)

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Liam Payne revealed that his baby mama Cheryl is "very chill these days" as he discussed co-parenting their son Bear.

The former One Direction star became a dad at the age of 23 with his then partner Cheryl and talked about his hopes for their sons future.

He was asked whether he would allow his three-year-old to partake in The X Factor in the future and he responded: "I think his mum is hoping he's gonna become some yoga person. His mum is very chill these days.

"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.

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He continued on The Diary Of A CEO by Steven Bartlett podcast: "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."

Bear is Cheryl's only child with Liam who she split from in June 2018 after two and a half years together.

While Cheryl has kept her love life low key, Liam went public with model Maya Henry, 20, following the break-up.

The former couple have kept Bear's identity hidden
(Image: Instagram)

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However, Liam also recently split with the model, with sources claiming the reason was to spend more time with Bear.

He confirmed the split on the podcast.

The pair had been engaged for less than a year after the 27-year-old popped the question during lockdown with a £3 million ring in August 2020.

Liam and Mia Henry recently split
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A source close to the singer says the dad is planning to use his time as a single man to see more of his child Bear.

Speaking with The Sun, the source said: " Liam just wants to spend more time with his son Bear since the split. That's his boy, he means the world to him.

"He's devoted to being a dad and making more time with his little man now he's getting older."