After ending their romance, pals say Cheryl is desperate to forge a closer friendship with ex Liam Payne in their son's best interests
They insisted they still had “so much love for each other” when they announced their shock split in June after two years together.
However, recent reports have appeared to paint a different picture. If those reports are to be belived, it appears that Cheryl and Liam Payne’s split hasn’t been quite so amicable, with insiders claiming last month that X Factor producers were forced to ensure they performed their new singles on separate shows to avoid running in to each other backstage, as well as claims they’ve clashed over raising their 18-month-old son, Bear.
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Last week, it was revealed the pair were set to play the Jingle Bell Ball in December – with event organisers reportedly also having to ensure the famous exes didn't cross paths.
But days later, amid rumours of tension between the pair, Liam publicly congratulated Cheryl on her new music video - and insiders say she hopes to build a civil relationship with him for the sake of their son.
A source reveals: “Bear is Cheryl and Liam’s top priority and when they split, they both promised to work together amicably to ensure they could give him an upbringing where his parents not only got along, but could hang out together without awkwardness.
“No-one would blame Cheryl for finding it hard to be around Liam initially, as she was hurt that things didn’t work out. But friends say Cheryl now realises she needs to forge a news friendship for Bear's sake."
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