AceShowbiz - Are Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole on the brink of splitting up? According to a report from The Sun, the One Direction singer has sought legal advice about the "end of his relationship" with his girlfriend and baby mama Cheryl, less than a year after welcoming their child, a son named Bear Grey Payne, together.
Liam, whose fortune is estimated at 54 million pound sterling, reportedly has discussed what splitting up from Cheryl would mean for their shared assets. The 24-year-old singer and his baby mama, who is ten years older than him, are not married, but shared a £5.1 million mansion in Surrey. The pair would also have to consider arrangements for their 11-month-old son.
"Liam has sought some legal advice but he still wants to make it work," a source close to the couple told the news outlet. "It's just sensible to be prepared for all options." According to the source, "With a young son and a number of assets between them there is more to breaking up than just parting ways. He hopes it doesn't come to it but he's just being careful."
The sad news comes after it's revealed the couple is ready to split despite holding crisis talks. "It's very sad - they tried very hard to make it work," said a source close to Liam. "They're desperate to make a go of it but it's absolutely on the rocks." The insider added, "It's very difficult for them and extremely sad. Things go from being very calm to being very tough."
"The crux of the problem is that Liam has to be away a lot. Cheryl has always understood he would have to work hard and be absent but the reality is that it's not an easy thing to deal with. This relationship is hanging by a thread. Both of them are devastated," the insider continued explaining.
Another source close to the couple said, "Both of them desperately want it to work but it doesn't look like things are going to end as they wished," adding that now "their main concern is Bear and making sure that he remains the happy little boy he is."
Reps for the couple have yet to comment on the report.
Liam has been away on tour frequently over the past year, promoting his new album, while Cheryl reportedly has stayed at home looking after Bear at their Surrey home. According to HollywoodLife.com, Liam, who was recently in New York to promote his single "For You", a duet with Rita Ora, is doing whatever he can to stay together with his baby mama.
"Cheryl is ready to walk, but Liam wants to try and resolve their problems, he's not ready to throw in the towel just yet," a source close to the songstress tells the gossip site. "Cheryl has been pretty much a single mom this past year, looking after Bear on her own, while Liam has been focusing on his career--and she feels like they've totally grown apart."
"Liam believes they can reconnect again though," the source adds, "and he wants her to give him at least another couple of months before making any kind of permanent decision about their future." The source notes, "Liam is willing to do just about anything to win back Cheryl, he can't imagine his life now without her and his son; they are his everything."