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