Here’s What’s Really Going with Liam Payne and Cheryl’s Relationship

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About a month ago, there were rumors that Liam Payne and baby mama Cheryl were “ready to end their relationship” and were only together because of their nearly 1-year-old son, Bear Payne. The 34-year-old fired back at this speculation, saying that she and her boo were actually “great,” but not providing any further details. The “For You” singer kept his mouth shut on the issue for quite some time, but is finally speaking out about the struggles the couple has gone through throughout their relationship.

“The funniest thing was a week before we were getting married,” the 24-year-old says in ES magazine of the split rumors. “The next week we’re splitting up. And the thing for me is, I just like to think we’re somewhere in the middle. You know, we have our struggles — like, of course I’m not gonna sit here and say that everything’s absolutely fine and dandy, because of course you go through different things, and that’s what a relationship is. But we go through them together as a family and that’s the most important thing for me.”

But while the stories of a breakup ended up not being true, the former One Direction singer doesn’t deny that the couple went through a “rough patch.”

He adds, “This part of our relationship was never not going to happen. There was always going to be a little bit of tenseness in the way we sort ourselves out, but tell me a relationship in the world that doesn’t go through a spot like that? It’s about whether you make it through or not, together, is the main point there I guess.”

Liam and Cheryl met for the first time almost a decade ago when he auditioned for The X Factor and she was a judge. They reconnected years later and started dating officially in 2015.

The “Bedroom Floor” crooner recognizes that he’s lucky to have a significant other who’s also in the entertainment industry because he doesn’t “think anybody else could take it.”

“It is about making it work for us, not making it work how people think it should work,” he concludes.