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Liam Payne denies 'jealousy' comments after discussing Cheryl's bond with son Bear

Liam and Cheryl welcomed baby Bear in March 2017

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Liam Payne has hit back at comments that suggest he was "jealous" of his son Bear's strong bond with Cheryl. Taking to Twitter to reiterate what he meant in a recent interview, the One Direction star explained: "Never once did I use the word jealous... a relationship between a mother and a newborn is the most beautiful thing. I just said I struggled with my place in this and what I could do to become a part of that with not having the same natural maternal instincts as a mum does." The 24-year-old is a proud father to one-year-old son Bear, whom he shares with Cheryl.

Cheryl and Liam have only shared a handful of snaps of their son

Elaborating further, Liam heaped praise on his partner, adding: "Women have amazing almost superhuman powers at this, the way they connect with a child is incredible. I just had to find things that helped me benefit and become a part of this beautiful relationship and I think a lot of dads find their feet the same way." In an interview with digital magazine Hashtag Legend, the dad-of-one revealed that he struggled to find his feet after becoming a first-time parent. "A mother and child is the most beautiful thing to watch, but they're the closest thing ever - and you'll never be as close," he said.

READ: Liam Payne reveals he felt 'excluded' after Cheryl gave birth to baby Bear

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When asked about his place in their small family, the singer continued: "A lot of dads feel put out in that sense. I didn't really feel put out, but I was like, 'where's my place?' I was desperate to find out what I was meant to do – changing nappies and whatever else. For me as a dad, you're just taking care of everything as much as you can, making sure he's got a smile on his face. And if you cook for her, she feeds him, so you’re cooking for everyone - that’s what my thing was."

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