Jor­dan’s se­cret ploy to win back Kieran

With Ch­eryl con­tin­u­ing to lean on ex Liam Payne as the furore around her come­back con­tin­ues, she now fears their friend­ship will change when he gets a se­ri­ous girl­friend

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Daisy Mclure

Things have T re­mained am­i­ca­ble be­tween the pair since their split back in July. And last week Ch­eryl and Liam Payne’s close­ness was so­lid­i­fied fur­ther when his sis­ter, Ruth, Tweeted her sup­port for the Girls Aloud star af­ter at­tend­ing Hits Ra­dio Live to watch her per­form her new sin­gle, Love Made Me Do It.

Closer re­cently re­ported how Ch­eryl, 35, was turn­ing to Liam, 25 – with whom she shares 20-month-old Bear – for sup­port af­ter an on­slaught of crit­i­cism fol­low­ing her re­turn to the spot­light.

But in­sid­ers re­veal how the singer is wor­ried she’ll lose that close con­nec­tion once he meets some­one else.

A source ex­plains, “Liam’s been Ch­eryl’s rock over the past few weeks and it’s proved to her just how much she’s come to rely on him. Right now, she can call or text him any time she likes, but she knows that as soon as he gets a steady girl­friend, their re­la­tion­ship dy­namic will change and, nat­u­rally, Liam may start to dis­tance him­self from her, which she’s scared of.”

NEG­A­TIVE RE­PORTS

Last week, Liam com­mented “wow” on In­sta­gram, un­der a pic­ture of Ch­eryl’s pal Kourt­ney Kar­dashian in her lin­gerie. And in­sid­ers say it’s fu­elled Ch­eryl’s worst fears.

As Closer pre­vi­ously re­ported, Liam has been sup­port­ing Ch­eryl af­ter a stream of neg­a­tive re­ports against the singer. Last week, it was claimed she wasn’t given a role in West End mu­si­cal Chicago be­cause of her “diva de­mands” – with the part be­ing given to TV pre­sen­ter Caro­line Flack in­stead – a claim her rep fiercely de­nied.

Days later it was in­cor­rectly re­ported that she made ev­ery­one clear her dress­ing room and all the sur­round­ing ar­eas ahead of her first arena per­for­mance in four years – re­fus­ing to pose for more than a few pic­tures and only speak­ing to one jour­nal­ist. Her reps de­nied this, but fans con­tin­ued to slate her on­line.

The twice-divorced star re­cently swore-off dat­ing for­ever, say­ing, “That area has just stopped. That’s not hap­pen­ing any more, it’s the end. I’ve got the man in my life now,” re­fer­ring to her son.

But de­spite Ch­eryl’s self­im­posed re­la­tion­ship-ban, Liam’s been linked to a string of women since their split, in­clud­ing tal­ent agent Jess Moloney, model Cairo Dwek and In­sta­gram star Maya Henry. There were also ru­mours he was grow­ing close to singer Rita Ora, who he duet­ted with on the Fifty Shades Freed sound­track, For You.

Ch­eryl has a habit of stay­ing close to her exes. She was spot­ted kiss­ing first hus­band Ash­ley Cole a year af­ter their bit­ter di­vorce at her birthday cel­e­bra­tion in 2011, and vowed to al­ways love him, de­spite his re­peated in­fi­delity. She also re­mained close friends with ex Derek Hough af­ter they parted ways that same year and at­tended mu­tual pal Will.i.am’s Christ­mas party with ex Tre Hol­loway af­ter their split in 2013.

But de­spite her am­i­ca­ble break-ups, her di­vorce from her sec­ond hus­band, Jean-bernard Fer­nan­dez-versini, in 2016 was em­broiled in bit­ter­ness – with the restau­ra­teur re­veal­ing how he hated Ch­eryl’s “mad world”. Now friends say Ch­eryl is do­ing ev­ery­thing within her power to en­sure that doesn’t hap­pen with Liam and is vow­ing not to let any­one come be­tween them.

STAY­ING CLOSE

The source says, “Ch­eryl’s been mak­ing an ex­tra ef­fort with Liam’s fam­ily to en­sure she stays close to his en­tire net­work. She’s been send­ing them reg­u­lar snaps and videos of Bear, is be­ing flex­i­ble when it comes to Liam spend­ing time with his son and is even invit­ing Liam and his fam­ily to spend Christ­mas with them. She re­fuses to let any­thing af­fect their friend­ship, not even a fu­ture girl­friend. She’s adamant she won’t lose Liam to another woman. She’ll be happy for him, but she’s not go­ing to al­low it to jeop­ar­dise what they have.”

De­spite Liam putting his foot in it dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship by re­veal­ing Ch­eryl never paid him com­pli­ments and that their re­la­tion­ship was a “strug­gle”, he has also gushed about the singer – call­ing her his “dream girl”, while Ch­eryl de­scribed him as “the most amaz­ing daddy and the best ex­am­ple for our son.”

And while they’re just friends for now, pals tell Closer how they wouldn’t rule out the chance of a re­union. The source adds, “Ch­eryl and Liam still love and re­spect each other, and while Ch­eryl’s vowed to re­main sin­gle for now, there’s still a chance a romance could spark up again if they’re both sin­gle and when their ca­reers start to calm down.”

❛THERE’S STILL A CHANCE ROMANCE COULD SPARK UP AGAIN IF THEY’RE SIN­GLE❜

Liam’s sis­ter Tweeted her sup­port for Ch­eryl af­ter her show

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