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Liam Payne breaks silence on unusual baby name and first weeks of fatherhood

by Gemma Strong

Liam Payne has officially confirmed the name of his son on Twitter. It was widely reported that the 23-year-old and partner Cheryl had chosen to call their baby boy Bear, and on Tuesday Liam broke his silence after receiving a message of congratulations from TV adventurer Bear Grylls. Bear tweeted the star, writing: "Great choice! Love & blessings to you guys as you start the greatest adventure… @CherylOfficial @LiamPayne." In response, Liam wrote: "Thanks man, hope he grows with an ounce of your courage. You're a boss."

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Liam Payne and Cheryl welcomed their baby son on 22 March

Cheryl, 33, and Liam aren't the first celebrity parents to choose the unusual moniker. Kate Winslet and Alicia Silverstone are both parents to little boys named Bear, while Jamie Oliver and wife Jools have a five-year-old son who is called Buddy Bear. According to reports, Cheryl and Liam only recently settled on a name for their five-week-old baby. "Liam and Cheryl couldn't decide on a name for ages and kept toing and froing between options," a friend told the Mail. "But they both loved Bear and settled on it a few days ago. Despite the sleepless nights, the couple are completely smitten with little Bear."

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Liam was spotted out and about in London on Tuesday

Meanwhile, Liam gave an insight into his first few weeks of fatherhood on Tuesday as he stepped out in London. After being approached by a fan asking for an autograph, Liam asked: "Were you on Judge Rinder?... I saw you, I saw you! There's a lot of daytime TV at home now we've got the baby."