CH­ERYL: ‘I’M FIGHT­ING BACK’

She’s said to be the force be­hind Liam’s new style, but it’s not the only thing Ch­eryl’s con­trol­lingé

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Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of Liam Payne (al­though we have been con­cerned over the num­ber of chains he’s been wear­ing re­cently), but since Ch­eryl gave birth to baby Bear over two months ago, we’ve barely heard a peep out of her. Un­til now. The 33-year-old has fi­nally spo­ken out, prais­ing her man’s new sin­gle Strip That Down (it’s so damn catchy!), and we’re told it’s just the start of her big come­back. Liam, you can wear her camo trousers as much as you like, hun, but Ch­eryl will al­ways be the one in charge… ‘So proud of you babe,’ she tweeted. ‘It’s just the be­gin­ning.’ ‘Ch­eryl’s so happy for Liam af­ter an ex­haust­ing few months for them both, but it’s also the start of things for her too,’ our in­sider re­veals. ‘She’s right be­hind his ca­reer and has pushed him, but Liam’s progress has only con­firmed how much she can’t wait to get back to it all her­self. Things are go­ing well and she’s feel­ing more con­fi­dent. She’s ready to come back.’ Liam ad­mit­ted in his Ra­dio 1 in­ter­view last week that he’s only been able to jug­gle be­ing a new dad and his mu­sic thanks to Ch­eryl: ‘Our re­la­tion­ship is amaz­ing and I put that down to her sup­port more than any­thing,’ he said.

Liam also sparked spec­u­la­tion by call­ing Ch­eryl his ‘wife’ in an­other ra­dio in­ter­view last week. As Look re­ported pre­vi­ously, the pair had dis­cussed a ‘small and in­ti­mate’ wed­ding af­ter her di­vorce from Jean-bernard Fer­nan­dez-versini had been fi­nalised – but Liam has since de­nied the pair are mar­ried or will get mar­ried any­time soon.

The singer also re­vealed that Baby Bear’s name was Ch­eryl’s choice, ad­mit­ting he was un­sure about it and con­fess­ing it be­came an ‘in­ter­nal bat­tle’, as he’d wanted some­thing more tra­di­tional. While their son’s of­fi­cial ti­tle is Bear Grey Payne, Liam has ap­par­ently ad­mit­ted to pre­fer­ring Arthur in­stead. ‘It was her choice,’ he said of the name. ‘I wasn’t go­ing to fight her about it – she’s the one who’s done all the work.’

While Liam’s seem­ingly happy to let Chez take the lead when it comes to their new ad­di­tion, he also ap­pears to be more than con­tent for her to take con­trol of other ar­eas of his life too. Speak­ing to a fan, he re­port­edly ad­mit­ted the ‘eye’ tat­too on his arm is in fact a replica of Ch­eryl’s and al­legedly said: ‘Some­times it feels like she’s al­ways watch­ing.’

What’s more, he also con­fessed last week to tak­ing styling tips from Ch­eryl and ad­mit­ted to wear­ing her £1,500 Ron­ald Van Der Kemp camo-print trousers. ‘My mis­sus is a fash­ion­ista – these are her trousers,’ said Liam.

‘Ch­eryl knows the in­dus­try in­side out,’ says a close pal. ‘Liam’s had a rad­i­cal change in style, but it’s got ev­ery­one talk­ing. Yes, she’s tak­ing con­trol, but it’s just the kind of per­son she is and she has way more ex­pe­ri­ence in this field than Liam does. She wants to cre­ate a brand – like the Beck­hams – and she knows what she needs to do to get there.’

While Ch­eryl is ru­moured to be mak­ing her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since Bear’s birth in the next few weeks, she’s also said to be start­ing work on a new al­bum. ‘She’s look­ing at re­leas­ing some new ma­te­rial next year,’ re­veals our source.

With the pair set to be so busy, it could ex­plain why they’re re­port­edly ren­o­vat­ing their Sur­rey home and build­ing a granny flat for Ch­eryl’s mum Joan while she’s help­ing out. It seems 2017 is shap­ing up to be Ch­eryl’s year…

She wants to cre­ate a brand – like the Beck­hams

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