Former One Direction star Liam Payne has opened up about his fatherhood experience, saying that becoming father at a young age has 'messed him up'.
Liam shares son Bear Grey Payne with The Greatest Dancer star and singer Cheryl Cole who was born in 2017. The 1D star was only 24 at the time of his first child's birth and he has admitted that it was "difficult".
The singer has opened up about his experience in Ant Middleton's upcoming documentary Ant Middleton & Liam Payne: Straight Talking on Sky One.
"Becoming a dad at such a young age, it's such a difficult thing," Liam admitted. "And I think I built fatherhood up so much in my head that it kind of messed me to up start with. I started in a bad place with it.
"I think it spooked me out early on, and I was just worried I would not be enough to look after the both of them."
He added: "They're so important to me — Cheryl as well. She's one of the most, if not the most, important people in my life."
Liam and Cheryl split in 2018 but Liam has said that he feels "lucky" to have someone like Cheryl in his life.
"I'm lucky I have someone who understands what I'm going through," he continued. "The one thing I was missing as a man in the relationship I had, was a level understanding about what she was feeling about stuff.
"I think I learnt through away being that, while I want to protect her, there's a big part of her that wants to protect me."
Ant Middleton & Liam Payne: Straight Talking will air on Tuesday, November 12 at 9pm on Sky One.
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