As Liam Payne prepares to enter the One Direction solo career horse race, he’s dealing with an added level of difficulty: being a first-time father. But Liam’s daddy duties with his baby mama Cheryl Cole might have gotten a little easier now that his child has a name.
Depending on which British tabloid you believe, Liam and Cheryl took anywhere from a week to a month to decide to name their son Bear Payne. The animalistic moniker gives the five week old an edge of fierceness. Could it also be a cheeky pun about Cheryl’s labor?
Fans in the U.K. seem to think the name is a reference to Cheryl’s experience bearing the pain of childbirth. In certain regional slang, “bear pain” can also just mean a lot of hurt–enough for a bear.
Easier joke names like Chronic, Sharp and Feeling were apparently too on the nose for the couple. While it was inevitable that the kid’s name would be full of Payne, now he’s got no choice but to bear it.
Check out some tweets joking about the baby’s new name below.
(Photo credit: Liam Payne Instagram account)