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Cheryl's heartbreaking birthday plan for Liam Payne as she confessed tragedy behind split

Mirror logo Mirror 30/06/2020 Lucy Needham & Jane Lavender

Cheryl and her ex partner Liam Payne broke hearts when they announced they were calling time on their relationship almost two years ago.

The pair remain devoted parents to their little son, Bear, who has been kept away from his dad during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheryl is also celebrating her 37th birthday in lockdown with her beloved boy today.

And the Fight For This Love singer has also revealed plans to ensure Liam gets to spend more time with Bear as soon as it's safe for them to do so.

She is said to be considering asking Liam to move into her lavish home in Buckinghamshire.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini standing in front of a sign: Cheryl and Liam seemed like the perfect couple © Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Cheryl and Liam seemed like the perfect couple

Liam has been holed up in his flat in London throughout lockdown and has been open about his emotional phone calls with Bear.

He even had to miss his son's third birthday amid fears he could have been exposed to Covid-19 during his hectic touring schedule.

Liam said: "It was a really tough call to not go down for his birthday and I discussed it with Cheryl and we just thought it was the best option.

"It was horrible, missing out on it wasn't great, I got a lot of pictures and videos and FaceTime, but that's the hardest thing.

"It's been the most difficult thing for all of us. But I think the technology that was pushing us quite far apart is now bringing us closer together in this time, more so than ever."

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wearing a black dress: Cheryl is planning to ask Liam to move in so he can spend more time with Bear © AFP via Getty Images Cheryl is planning to ask Liam to move in so he can spend more time with Bear

Now, 36-year-old ex Girls Aloud singer Cheryl is thinking about the future and how Liam can spend more time with his son.

A source told  Heat  : "Lockdown has really got Cheryl thinking about her future and what is going to happen with Liam.

Liam hasn’t been able to see Bear and it’s been so hard on all of them. She and Liam still get on really well and Cheryl has suggested that he move back in with them for a while when it’s all over.

"She has such a big house, so there’s lots of space and thinks it will be great for Bear to have them both around."

But while both Cheryl and Liam are determined to do what is best for their son the former power couple called time on their romance just after Bear's first birthday.

a person with the mouth open: Liam cuddles his baby son, Bear © Instagram Liam cuddles his baby son, Bear

The singers first met when Liam auditioned for the  X Factor  and won a place in the boyband One Direction.

However, romance with Cheryl didn't follow until five years later, in 2015, when they were reunited on the show where they had first met.

Cheryl's marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini was said to be crumbling and Liam's two-year relationship with Sophia Smith had just ended.

Fans spotted the lingering hug the pair shared and pictures emerged of them partying together.

By February the following year, the rumour mill had gone into overdrive, speculating Cheryl and Liam were now an item - especially after a few cheeky  Instagram  posts from the Little Things singer.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Liam auditioned for X Factor in 2008 before shooting to fame with One Direction © ITV2 Liam auditioned for X Factor in 2008 before shooting to fame with One Direction

The couple finally confirmed they were together in March 2016 and moved in together in February the following year, a month before welcoming little Bear.

And for Cheryl's birthday the following year, Liam treated her to a lavish bash with all her closest friends and family.

When it was Liam's turn to celebrate his 24th birthday in August 2017 Cheryl made sure she went all out to give him a party to remember.

The proud mum flew all of Liam's friends and family out to Mallorca, where they rented a luxury yacht and took to the seas.

Liam was absolutely blown away and said at the time: "It was amazing, there were multiple surprises throughout the day.

Cheryl has shared Bear's adorable progress on social media © Instagram Cheryl has shared Bear's adorable progress on social media

"We got away for a little holiday and she had flown all my old school friends out that I literally hadn't seen for a year, so it was amazing to spend time with them.

"And then on my actual birthday, she flew my parents out and they spent a bit of time with me. It was really nice for my mum and dad."

It was the first time the new parents had been on a family holiday with their son, Bear.

However, less than a year later the couple announced they were splitting up.

Cheryl posted an emotional statement confirming the sad news on  Twitter  in July 2018.

She said: "We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It's been a tough decision for us to make.

"We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."

However, a few months later Cheryl explained the real reason she beleves their relationship broke down following Bear's birth.

The Fight For This Love singer said Liam had dreamed of being a father since he was just 16 and could have been struggling to come to terms with the strong bond she formed with their son.

In an interview with   The Sunday Times  ' Style magazine Cheryl said: "So [Liam] wanted to settle down and have a family and not do the solo thing.

"Then we encouraged him to to that and then it didn't work out."

Cheryl also believed that Liam was struggling to juggle his life as an international pop star and a father.

She explained: "You have to switch your head onto pop star and then switch it back to daddy."

In October last year Liam, who has since had a relationship with Maya, opened up about how the pressures of fame had a damaging impact on his romance with Cheryl.

In an interview on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast he explained: "That’s a lot of pressure on whoever you’re with, and I mean Cheryl’s had that pressure for life.


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