They seem like the world’s most picture perf couple, so when Liam Payne dropped the bombshell that he and his baby mama Cheryl almost broke it off in the early days, we were SHOOK.

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Speaking to Mirror, the "Strip That Down" singer revealed that the pair initially struggled due to their ten-year age gap, but he managed to ‘cling on’ to the former Girls Aloud star and convinced her to stay (we don’t know why you’d EVER dump Paynos, but anyway…).

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“There’s one song that is basically a phone call that happened between me and her when she was about to let it go,” he said, adding, “This is a long time ago. And it’s basically me trying to cling on and say: ‘No, no, no it’s all going to work out — don’t worry about it, give it time.’”

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Obviously, everything worked out peachy in the end, as the genetically-blessed couple welcomed their first bub Bear Grey Payne into the world almost two months ago, and while Liam might be busy jetting across the world to promote his new single, he revealed that Chez is totally chill about the whole sitch.

“She’s like, ‘You’ve got to go out and do your job, do your job.’ That’s how she is with it and Bear’s beautiful and I love him and I miss him terribly."

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Cheryl, meanwhile, broke her Twitter silence today for probs the best reason ever after she tweeted:

#LiamPayne #STRIPTHATDOWN this is an emoji test not a personal request”


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This post was originally written by Jessica Lynch on our sister site DOLLY.

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