Ch­eryl and Liam are ‘more like brother and sis­ter’

As Liam Payne pro­motes his pop ca­reer around the world while part­ner Ch­eryl stays at home hold­ing the baby, date nights are be­com­ing a rar­ity – and she’s NOT happy about it

Reveal - - CELEBS - Re­becca Greenow

Liam Payne was hav­ing a grand old time tour­ing South Amer­ica last week. He showed off pic­tures from sunny Mex­ico and Brazil, and posted videos from the MTV MIAW Latin Mu­sic Awards.

Mean­while, his other half, Ch­eryl, was at home in leafy Sur­rey with their 15-month-old son, Bear – and it’s a sce­nario that’s be­come all too fa­mil­iar for the cou­ple.

They’ve barely spent much time with each other since Bear’s ar­rival in March 2017, with Liam’s solo ca­reer fill­ing his sched­ule.

In fact, we’re told Liam, 24, and Ch­eryl, 34, have only had ONE date night in two months – and Ch­eryl is unim­pressed.

‘Ch­eryl feels, some­times, that their re­la­tion­ship is more like that of brother and sis­ter than lovers,’ a source tells us.

‘She feels they’ve fallen into a rut, and that really makes things stale at home. With the baby and all their work com­mit­ments, those date nights are ab­so­lutely vi­tal for keep­ing the spark alive and keep­ing things fresh. Now, they just aren’t hap­pen­ing!’

Since the pair put on their over-zeal­ous PDA at the Brit Awards in Fe­bru­ary, amid re­ports they were close to a split, they haven’t been seen pub­licly to­gether, al­though they en­joyed a fam­ily holiday in April.

They were at home to­gether in May, though, when Liam em­bar­rassed Ch­eryl by telling lis­ten­ers she was on the loo dur­ing a live Radio 1 phone-in in­ter­view.

Our source con­tin­ues, ‘Ch­eryl feels like they’re hid­ing their re­la­tion­ship from the world, and Liam isn’t mak­ing the same ef­fort as he used to.

‘She doesn’t want him just to think of her only as the mother of his child, but as the person he fell in love with. She wants to go out more, be ro­manced, and be far more pub­lic and proud of their re­la­tion­ship.’

Liam’s in­tense tour sched­ule has seen him spend al­most 12 months away from home af­ter launch­ing his solo ca­reer in May 2017.

Dur­ing his tour of Brazil, the once su­per-toned Liam was spot­ted look­ing bloated as he puffed on cig­a­rettes and downed an en­ergy drink.

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