Liam Payne Didn’t Really Like His Son’s Name at First

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When it comes to his son’s unique moniker, Liam Payne wants people to know it was Cheryl Cole‘s idea to name him Bear.

The One Direction singer recently revealed he wasn’t too wild about the idea when his girlfriend first suggested it. Speaking with Total Access, the 23-year-old said he eventually warmed up to the name, explaining the full name of his newborn is actually Bear Grey Payne.

“It was an internal battle,” he recalled. “I wanted a more traditional name and she wanted a name that was more unusual. “The reason she chose Bear was because Bear is a name that when you leave a room, you won’t forget.”

“And I like that,” the proud papa quipped.

Payne and Cole, 33, welcomed their first child together this March after a year of dating. The baby’s name was confirmed when Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls congratulated the new parents on the “great choice” in names.

“You know what? Now he is Bear,” Payne said. “When I look at him, he’s just Bear. At first I wasn’t really having it. I was like, ‘I’m not really sure. I don’t really understand.’ Now I look at him and he’s Bear. You become your name as you get older anyway.”