Liam Payne Explained Why Being a Young Father "Is the Most Scary Thing in the World"

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In March of 2017, Liam Payne's life went in a new direction. At just 23 years old, the One Direction heartthrob welcomed his first child with his girlfriend at the time, Cheryl. Now, as a 26-year-old solo artist with a 2-year-old son, he's reflecting on the drastic turn his life took. In a video interview with MTV News, Liam spoke candidly about learning to love himself, physical health and its impact on his mental health, and of course, his life as a father with his baby boy Bear.

"At first, it is the most scary thing in the world, because you're like, 'Oh my god, I've got to take care of this tiny thing and it's really cute, and there's a lot of responsibility involved," he said in the video around the 8:55 mark. "I was so young when I became a dad as well, so it's a learning curve the whole time. You think you're going to have all the answers right off the bat, and you don't because you're still figuring yourself out."

Liam added, "You're not only taking care of yourself and learning about yourself now, you're trying to learn this little thing that needs you. It gives you the opportunity to be a better person and you'd be stupid not to take that chance."

While the singer has been very private about his personal life and relationship status, and has shared only a few photos of his baby (well, of his hand and of his shoes), it's this intimate conversation where we can really see what an incredible father he is. Check out Liam's video with MTV above, and see him speak openly about how his life "massively changed" when Bear was born.