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Liam Payne returns to Instagram following birth of his son

by Gemma Strong

Liam Payne took time out of daddy duties to enjoy a bit of basketball on Sunday. The 23-year-old, who welcomed his baby son with girlfriend Cheryl on 22 March, shared a photograph on Instagram showing him shooting some hoops in the sunshine. The former One Direction star can be seen in shorts, T-shirt and a beanie hat, throwing the ball towards the metal ring. The post proved popular with fans, receiving over 700,000 likes. Many wrote messages asking Liam to reveal the name of his little boy, while others shared their excitement about the impending release of Liam's first solo single.

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Liam Payne took time out of daddy duties to play some basketball in the sunshine on Sunday

Liam will be the last member of 1D to release his own music. On Friday, Harry Styles unveiled his debut song, Sign of the Times, and Liam was quick to praise his friend, tweeting: "@Harry_Styles proud of you H. Glad you're getting to do your own thing." Harry, meanwhile, recently revealed he would be "honoured" to be asked to be godfather to Liam and Cheryl's son. Speaking to Manchester radio station Key 103, the musician said: "There are a lot of people Liam has in mind. I'm not going to add any extra pressure. If it came my way I would be honoured… I spoke to Liam and he's loving it. He said it's going really well and everyone's great. So I'm very happy for him."

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Liam and girlfriend Cheryl welcomed their baby boy on 22 March

Cheryl, 33, and Liam announced the arrival of their son on Saturday 25 March – just one day ahead of Mother's Day. Both took to Instagram to share their happy news, with Liam also taking the time to praise new mum Cheryl. He wrote: "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow! I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.

"I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true. We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed. Happy Mother's Day everyone!"