Liam Payne says it's 'horrible' going weeks without seeing son Bear

Singer/songwriter Liam Payne visits Music Choice on September 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Former One Direction member Liam Payne has shared that he sometimes goes weeks without seeing his son Bear Payne, describing it as "horrible".

The singer appeared on The One Show yesterday evening where he opened up on how his busy work schedule can keep him away from his two-year-old son, whose mother is singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl.

Payne, 26, said: "I am quite excited to go out [on tour]. It is difficult being on the road, going out and promo-ing. It has been hard to get home and see him.

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"Loads of random things happen with kids all the time. Like if he’s not very well, sometimes you miss dates and things.

"Then a couple of weeks go by, and I haven’t seen him in ages.

"It hurts, it’s horrible, I do want to go out on tour, I’m just going to have to figure out the schedule properly."

Payne and Cheryl announced their split in July last year, but recent reports have suggested they actually broke up six months prior in January and kept it under-wraps.

Singers Cheryl, left, and Liam Payne pose for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Reports came after Payne spoke about their relationship to Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast, saying: “We broke up around For You, actually, which is quite interesting.”

For You, Payne's single with Rita Ora, was released in January 2018.

Cheryl, 36, has since denied she and Payne faked their romance for sixth months with a spokesperson of the former Girls Aloud member commenting: “This is a nonsense story. Liam doesn’t say on the podcast that they split up in January or at the time of release of With You [sic].