Liam Payne says he and former flame Cheryl are 'closer' than ever

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Liam Payne has said he and his ex Cheryl are 'closer' than ever and that she is 'the best' to co-parent with.

The One Direction heartthrob, 27, welcomed son Bear with Cheryl in 2017, but the couple went their separate ways in 2018.

The pair now co-parent their son and Payne told Glamour it has been working out brilliantly through lockdown.

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“Cheryl is literally the best person to co-parent with,” said the Stack It Up singer.

“No stress involved. It's very, very relaxed, and we spend a lot of time on FaceTime. And it's been really lovely, and I'm closer to them than I've ever been before, actually, which is really, really nice."

Cheryl and Liam Payne attending the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Cheryl and Liam Payne (Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment) (Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)

Payne said "bedtime FaceTime can go really well sometimes".

"Or I bought him some toys yesterday that I showed them on the FaceTime and it was like I had to go and travel over and hand the toys over the fence!” he added.

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Bear is Payne’s only child and the singer has previously credited his son with helping him “to become a man”.

(FILE) Liam Payne Donates 360,000 Meals To Families In Need Amid Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 20: Singer Liam Payne arrives at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Liam Payne (Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA) (SIPA USA/PA Images)

Speaking at The Diana Awards last year, he said that the four-year-old is the person who inspires him and that becoming a dad “changed my views on a lot of different things and the way I was living my life”.

Payne and Cheryl got together in 2016 before splitting two years later.

The boy band star is now romantically linked to model Maya Henry.

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