Cheryl Cole Opens Up About Coparenting With ‘Great Dad’ Liam Payne: We Made the ‘Best of Everything’

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Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. Mike Marsland/WireImage

Working as a team! Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne split a year after welcoming their son, Bear, and now the singer is opening up about coparenting the 2-year-old.

“I’m the strict one; Liam isn’t,” the former Girls Aloud member, 35, told The Telegraph on Tuesday, April 16. “I’ll be the one saying, ‘Just one square of chocolate,’ but Bear is so good. If I get cross with him he puts his little hands on my face and looks into my eyes to see if I’m deadly serious or a tiny bit cross, and it melts my heart.”

The “Love Made Me Do It” singer added: “[Liam is] much softer than me. But it is what it is, and I’m OK about it. When you have a baby, you are not consumed with just thinking about yourself. It’s your responsibility to keep things settled and happy, so you make the best of everything. And we have.”

Cole and the former One Direction member, 25, started dating in 2016, welcomed Bear a year later and split in July 2018.

“Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways,” Payne wrote on Twitter at the time. “It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

While she isn’t looking for love at the moment, that doesn’t mean that the former X Factor judge is done having kids.

“You don’t necessarily have to be in a relationship,” she told The Telegraph. “I’ve got a friend who has had two children using donors. Not everything has to be conventional. You can spend ages looking for the right man, waiting for the perfect time to get pregnant, then the right man might turn out to be the wrong man. There are definitely other routes I would consider.”

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