Liam Payne has opened up on his heartache at not being able to see his son Bear during the current lockdown period.
The 26 year old shares three year old Bear with his ex-girlfriend Cheryl, 36, but has been unable to see him due to the current coronavirus crisis.
Bear lives in Buckinghamshire with his ex-Girls Aloud singer mum while Liam resides in London.
Former One Direction singer Liam has now opened up on the "difficult" conversations he had with Cheryl as they decided he should keep away from their son due to the pandemic.
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He said: "Me and Cheryl had a very open conversation about visiting, but it's difficult.
"It was right around his birthday that it [lockdown] happened. It was one of the first times I was in the country for his birthday and I was ready to go over and I just thought, 'I don't know how I feel about it'.
"So it's just been difficult having to put up with a lot of FaceTime, and sometimes he wants to talk on FaceTime, sometimes he doesn't.
"I have a new-found respect for people who have these jobs that mean they have to miss their kids a lot," he continued to tell The Sun Online.
Liam recently opened up on what an "amazing" mum Cheryl is in a touching post on Mother's Day, which was also Bear's third birthday.
He shared to his 18million Instagram followers: "Double special day today thanks to 2 very special ladies and a very special little man… Happy Mother's Day mum and Cheryl.
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"You two are the most amazing mothers Bear and I could have asked for, thanks for raising me right and thank you Cheryl for showing my son all the love in the world."
Sharing a tribute to his toddler son, he continued: "Happy birthday little man! 3 already I can't believe it.
"It's amazing watching you grow and you surprise me constantly, it really seems like yesterday I was holding you for the first time, thank you for bringing life and joy to my world. I hope I can do the same."
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Cheryl took the decision to cancel Bear's birthday party after the country was placed on lockdown, but also updated her own three million Instagram followers on his big day.
She said: "So I just brought myself out of the Frozen 2 on-repeat-all-day-all-night room to come and say thank you to everybody that's sending Bear happy birthday wishes.
"He's three today. Obviously no party, but it doesn't matter. He's still having fun. Lots of cake, lots of toys, he doesn't really know the difference."
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