Juggling fatherhood with a glittering career in the spotlight has some downsides for Liam Payne.
The Strip That Down singer, who welcomed son Bear with girlfriend Cheryl last year, has revealed that his family often has to take a backseat as he grafts to build a future for them.
Liam – who found fame as a member of X Factor boy band One Direction in 2010 – also acknowledged that this decision to focus on music means he may be absent from important occasions in his little boy’s life.
‘You realise that you are not working hard to improve things just for yourself, but for them as well,’ Liam told The National.
‘I realise I can build something for him to have, as long as I work as hard as I can right this second. So I’ve got to hit the ground running.’
‘Unfortunately, it’s a risk that I will miss out on certain things,’ he continued. ‘I am aware of that, but it’s important for me that I carry on and make this right for him.’
Despite the pitfalls of having to be away from his loved-ones on a regular basis, it’s evident that Liam clearly adores being a dad.
‘He just started saying ‘da-dad’, which is just the cutest thing,’ Liam gushed. ‘Being a father is grounding.’
Liam’s honest revelation about parenthood comes just weeks after he was forced to leave his little boy on his birthday.
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The 24-year-old had to catch a flight to Japan but made sure he shared a touching tribute to the tot on Instagram before boarding the plane.
‘Can’t believe my little man is one today, where does the time go?,’ he pondered on 22 March.
‘Happy birthday son you’re my world🌍🐻.’
Liam – who is currently on tour in Dubai – accompanied his words with an adorable picture. In the snap, Bear can be seeing holding on tightly to his father’s thumb.