The real reason why Liam Payne split with Maya Henry revealed

LIAM Payne wants to ‘spend more time with son Bear’ and Cheryl after his split with Maya Henry.

The 27-year-old pop star dropped the bombshell news his engagement was over during a podcast appearance – also revealing he'd quit drinking.

Liam  has been making up for the lost time he had to spend away from 4-year-old Bear, his son with his ex Cheryl, when he was away touring.

A source told The Sun: "Liam just wants to spend more time with his son Bear since the split. That's his boy, he means the world to him.

"He's devoted to being a dad and making more time with his little man now he's getting older.

"Liam is taking care of himself better now, working out more and a clean living lifestyle too."

The Sun has contacted Liam's reps for comment.

The former One Direction star opened up abouthow he’s connected more with his 4-year-old child during lockdown.

Liam told Capital FM last April: “Most of all through this lockdown it’s been difficult to see Bear at certain points but I’ve actually connected with my son a bit more, which is fantastic.

"I’ve definitely been enjoying not being too far away from them, which has been great."

The singer referred to 21-year-old Maya as his "partner at the time of lockdown".

Host Steven Bartlett then clarified: "Does this mean…"

Liam replied: "I am indeed."

Further pushing for confirmation, Steve asked directly: "You're single?" and Liam simply replied: "Yeah."

The hunk also said on The Diary Of A CEO podcast that he needed to "work on himself" – adding that he's been sober from alcohol for over a month.

He said: "I feel like more than anything at this point, I'm more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people. 

"That annoys me. I've just not been very good at relationships. And I know what my pattern of things is with relationships at this point.

"I'm just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else."

When asked if he'd been drinking in lockdown, the former One Direction star replied: "No, I’ve been sober just over a month now, I think it is."

The star proposed to Maya with a £3million diamond ring in August 2020 after two years of dating.

He and the Texan-born beauty were first linked in August 2018 – shortly after Liam split from Cheryl, who he shares four-year-old son Bear with.

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