Tuesday 23 October 2018

Cheryl opens up: 'I hated being pregnant - a lot of stuff went on and I just didn't enjoy it'

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini switches on the christmas lights at The Fayre of St James' at St James' Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini switches on the christmas lights at The Fayre of St James' at St James' Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
Cheryl Cole attends the #GAME4GRENFELL at Loftus Road on September 2, 2017 in London, England. The charity football match has been set up to benefit those who were affected in the Grenfell Tower disaster. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
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Cheryl Cole walks the runway during the Le Defile L'Oreal Paris show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
British singer Cheryl Cole takes part in the L'Oreal fashion, which theme is Paris, on the sidelines of the Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2017, on a catwalk set up on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Cheryl and Simon
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts attend the #GAME4GRENFELL at Loftus Road on September 2, 2017 in London, England. The charity football match has been set up to benefit those who were affected in the Grenfell Tower disaster. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne
Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Liam Payne and Cheryl arriving at The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl cradles her baby bump
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Olly Murs and Cheryl attend the Fayre of St James's hosted by Quintessentially Foundation and the Crown Estate in aid of Cheryl's Trust in support of The Prince's Trust on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Cheryl has opened up about her difficult pregnancy, saying she "hated" the experience.

While the former Girls Aloud singer (34) said that she adores motherhood and her baby son Bear has "given her the best six months of her life", she "didn't enjoy" her pregnancy.

Cheryl Cole.
Cheryl Cole.

"A lot of stuff went on and I just didn’t enjoy it," she told The Sun. "It changes your life completely but in the most amazing way. But I’ve had the best six months of my life. Really."

And she explained the simple reason for withdrawing from public life while she was expecting - the singer simply wanted a break from the spotlight and all that came with it. Cheryl refused to confirm her pregnancy until after her son was born and has been pictured only a handful of times in the last year and a half and is now in full promotion mode, both for an upcoming guest appearance on The X Factor and is reportedly working on new music.

"I didn't stop for 14 years, literally on the roller coaster. And then when I got pregnant I thought, ''Right, I just don't need this stress'. So I relaxed. It's been actually over a year but it's been perfect for me because it's reset the mind-frame. And I feel actually better coming back. I feel more relaxed, I just feel I've sat into my own skin. I feel so good."

As for her son's unusual name, which her boyfriend Liam Payne said he left for his other half to decide, Cheryl said she always "wanted a unique name" for the baby and was determined to make the decision.

Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)

"I always loved the name. And the midwife always used to come in when he was little, he used to, like, grunt, and used to go, 'There’s the little bear, there’s the little bear'," she explained. "We carry them for the nine months, we give birth to them and I think it’s only fair, but we did have a discussion, like lengthy. He didn't have a name for, like, seven weeks."

Cheryl and Simon
Cheryl and Simon

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