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Niall Horan opens up about Cheryl and Liam Payne's baby

Gemma Strong

It's not just fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cheryl and Liam Payne's baby – so too is Niall Horan! The One Direction star opened up this week about Liam's impending fatherhood, teasing that he thinks his friend is pretty "nervous" about becoming a dad.

"I’m looking forward to it," Niall, 23, told the Daily Star. "Liam hasn't said he is nervous, but I am sure he is. I bet he can't wait as well. It is a very exciting thing in your life."

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Niall Horan said he is 'looking forward' to the arrival of Cheryl and Liam's baby

Asked if he was surprised by the news of Cheryl's pregnancy, the star added: "He's great and she's lovely. It will be a lovely child."

Cheryl, 33, and Liam, 23, have chosen not to publicly confirm their baby news – but the former Girls Aloud star's bump did all the talking when the couple stepped out for a carol concert at the end of November.

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Their child will be the second One Direction baby; Liam's bandmate Louis Tomlinson became a first-time father at the start of 2016 when his now ex-girlfriend Briana Jungwirth welcomed their son Freddie.

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Cheryl debuted her baby bump at the end of November

Just last weekend, little Freddie celebrated his first birthday with proud dad Louis taking to Twitter to celebrate the occasion. "Had a special day today with my birthday boy," the 25-year-old told fans. "Thanks for all the lovely messages!"

Briana, meanwhile, shared a sweet video showing Freddie toddling towards his birthday cake, with Louis helping to support him. "Special first birthday," she captioned the clip.