Ch­eryl’s Mas­ter Plan

Why she and Liam re­ally chose the name Bear…

Look (UK) - - NEWS STORY -

In the past few weeks, we’ve done our fair share of spec­u­lat­ing over Ch­eryl and Liam Payne’s cho­sen baby name. But while we went back and forth be­tween Al­fie, Taylor, Si­mon, Liam Jr (even Gary was thrown around a cou­ple of times), we never an­tic­i­pated the name Bear. While fans are pretty con­fused (one tweeted: ‘Bear Payne is a feel­ing you get when you stand on Lego not a baby’s name’), we think baby Bear is se­ri­ously cute – and what’s more, we’ve got the in­side scoop on why Ch­eryl, 33, and Liam, 23, may have cho­sen Bear. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the pair picked the name over a month af­ter their baby was born be­cause they felt it suited his per­son­al­ity. But, ac­cord­ing to a source speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Look, Ch­eryl and Liam may have cho­sen the name for busi­ness rea­sons. ‘Ch­eryl and Liam are re­ally try­ing to carve out a niche around Bear,’ says our source. ‘Pick­ing an off-beat name in the same way that the Beck­hams did for their boys is a clear sign they want him to have an in­stantly iden­ti­fi­able name for years down the line. If they didn’t want him in the spot­light, they would have picked a plain and un­der­stated name, but it’s a sign they want a real per­son­al­ity for Bear. They seem to be carv­ing out his celebrity sta­tus al­ready.’

Liam’s 1D band­mate Niall Ho­ran told ra­dio lis­ten­ers last week that he liked the name, say­ing: ‘I mean, no one messes with that kid at school. You know what I mean?’ While sur­vival­ist Bear Grylls con­grat­u­lated the cou­ple on their ‘great choice’.

Ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, their cho­sen name could also be down to Liam’s at­tempts to re­brand his im­age within the mu­sic in­dus­try. While Liam has been in the US for the past few weeks work­ing on his mu­sic, he’s now re­turned to the UK where’s he’s said to be pro­mot­ing his soon-to-be-re­leased de­but al­bum.

Ea­gle-eyed fans have been quick to no­tice his change in ap­pear­ance, which is said to be in line with his up­com­ing new mu­sic. On a re­cent In­sta­gram im­age of Liam pos­ing in a gold chain, one user com­mented: ‘Please some­one re­mind him he’s not Biz­zle,’ while an­other said: ‘To com­pare you to the old Liam, [you’ve] re­ally changed.’

De­spite Ch­eryl and Liam tak­ing for­ever to re­veal their new ar­rival’s name, we’re pretty ex­cited about it – af­ter all, shouldn’t a cute In­sta snap be next? We’re giv­ing our full bless­ing, and we can’t wait to see baby Bear grow up…

It’s a sign they’re carv­ing out his celeb sta­tus al­ready

New dad Liam is back in the UK ahead of his de­but al­bum re­lease

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