Liam Payne said he has to make sure he tests negative for the coronavirus before he can visit his son

By Georgia Slater
January 09, 2021 06:40 PM
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Liam Payne is opening up about the difficulty of co-parenting his child amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During an Instagram Live on Thursday, the singer, 27, explained to producer Ben Winston that seeing his son Bear Grey has been "complicated" as the 3½-year-old is currently staying with his mom Cheryl.

"I went and saw Bear today. We had a little hangout which was quite nice as I hadn't seen him in a couple of weeks," Payne shared.

The former One Direction member admitted that visiting his son is "hard with the COVID thing" as he makes sure to be tested every time before seeing him.

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"I have to make sure I'm negative before I go over and see him so it's having to wait that couple of days before you can test," he said.

Despite his son being "only up the street," Payne said the co-parenting situation has been "dead complicated."

The star, who recently proposed to model Maya Henry, also noted that his son has "gotten so big."

"He's huge," he shared.

Payne told PEOPLE last month that it's been a bizarre experience seeing his child become a fully-formed human.

"It's been a difficult ride, but it's fantastic watching him grow into the person he's become," he said. "He's a really lovely boy and I feel like he's in the middle of settling into himself."

"He looks exactly like me, which is very strange. When family members see baby pictures of me now, they say, 'Oh wow, Bear looks really great there!' " Payne added.

Fatherhood is something the star admitted he's had "to learn" over time, but that it's become more natural as he gets older.

"I had my son at a young age, and you think it will be a magical thing, that you're going to grow up one day into the person you're supposed to be," he shared. "But it took a lot to find my footing. I figured, Dad takes care of everyone, that's what he does, so my thing was to cook."

"I recently received his school report, and I feel quite young for school reports, and spoke to the teacher over FaceTime, and I almost felt like I was the child that she was speaking about," Payne joked.

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