Liam Payne on fatherhood: "Being a dad and popstar aren't easy to balance"
- Liam Payne has opened up about fatherhood
- The ex-One Direction star spoke to Esquire Middle East exclusively
- Payne discussed his thoughts on how to be a good father
- The star discussed how he hopes to raise his son Bear in Esquire's June cover feature
Liam Payne has opened up on fatherhood in the June issue of Esquire Middle East. For him, all the add ons that come with fame and being a global superstar pale in comparison when it comes to being a father.
He's lived almost his entire life in the spotlight. He had his first X-Factor television appearance at the age of fourteen. He embarked on his first world tour with One Direction four years later. The band sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and had four albums debut at number one in the US charts. He even found the time to meet the future mother of his child in his early twenties. As for fatherhood, that’s a life achievement the singer notched at just twenty-three.
But while Payne attests that Bear is as “good as Goldilocks”, he’s aware that being a dad and a popstar aren’t easy responsibilities to balance.
“People make it out like a lightbulb comes on and suddenly you’re a dad and it’s like… no. [Being a father] is something you have to learn and I’m not afraid to say it takes more than a f**king minute to get your head around the idea of what it is.”
He's still relatively new to fatherhood, having had his first child with his ex-partner Cheryl Ann Tweedy at the age of 23 in March 2016. The ex-One Direction star famously split with Tweedy after his son was born, two and a half years after they first got together and spent much of his son's first year on tour.
Payne might not have his head fully around the concept quite yet but, as we talk about his relationship with Bear, it becomes evident that Payne’s already nailed one of the most important aspects of being a dad: caring. “The not understanding is the most difficult bit,” he says with the weariness of a father well above his years, “especially when you have a toddler who doesn’t understand how to communicate and you can’t understand what they want.”