Cheryl has revealed she’s no longer ready to have a second child due to the state of the world.
The 39-year-old singer shares son Bear, five, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne, 29, and revealed in 2020 that she would use a sperm donor to have a second child.
However, speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the new star of West End show 2:22 A Ghost Story, said his attitude had changed after the pandemic and now there would be a bigger age gap between their children.
‘Does it make sense to bring another baby into this crazy world?’: Cheryl, 39, admitted she was considering adoption but is no longer committed to having a second child
Cheryl explained, “I was so determined to have another one before because Bear was at that perfect age. I think if you have that two-year age gap, you can still do things with them where they’re both engaged and interested.
“Now that the pandemic has happened in the meantime, and there’s such an age gap, and I’m a bit older. I’m not so sure, honestly.
Still, she didn’t rule out other methods of caring for the children, noting, “maybe adoption.” I love babies and kids and would do anything to help or have another one, but that’s not as prevalent anymore.
“Also, during the process of the pandemic, I looked at the world and thought this world was a little crazy. Does it make sense to bring a soul into everything in this madness?
Doting mother: The 39-year-old singer shares son Bear, five, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne, 29, and revealed in 2020 that she would use a sperm donor to have a second child
For now, Cheryl’s only focus is on Bear, who will celebrate his sixth birthday in March.
Discussing their plans for the day, she revealed, “I’m going to spend it with him and he’s very stubborn so he’ll let me know what we’re going to do!”
“So we will have to see what he has on the cards for that. I’m sure it’s something that’s going to cost me dearly, no matter what!
While still young, Cheryl made sure her son’s privacy was respected, choosing not to show his face on social media.
The Fight For This Love hitmaker has revealed she’s been trying to keep Bear off the internet, but confessed her little one loves going to YouTube and has become ‘obsessed’ with the viral Wednesday dance craze started by the Netflix series.
As Cheryl hits the boards with her new role in 2:22 A Ghost Story, she won’t be around in the evening for Bear’s bedtime routine.
“It’s weird,” she admitted. “I’ve been doing this for almost six years. So it’s a bit strange.
Still, she admitted she was ‘blessed’ with the timings of the Covid lockdowns in 2020, which allowed her to spend more quality time with her son.
She confessed: “I think I enjoyed the lockdown a bit too much. Bear had just turned three and was at that perfect stage where he knew how to respond. It was a really precious age for him.
“I’m really lucky to be able to have this time just me and him. So I think I enjoyed those two years a little too much.
Cheryl revealed, “Now that the pandemic has happened in the meantime, and there’s such an age gap, and I’m a bit older.” I’m not so sure, honestly’
Cheryl’s next move is her West End debut, having taken over from Laura Whitmore with the role of Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story.
The singer previously starred herself in the Hollywood film What To Expect When You’re Expecting and had a small role as a ruthless music agent in the 2020 film Four Kids And It.
“A few people said they wouldn’t expect that from me,” she revealed. “But to me, it doesn’t seem that far away.
“I think we like people to be in their little box where we know where to find them and we know what we’re going to expect. And when someone does something different, you’re like, “Oh.”
“But to me it feels like a natural progression, if you will, the next step.”
The play follows Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam remains skeptical.
They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner Ben and decide to stay up until 2:22 a.m. to find out the truth.
Lily Allen was the first to take on the role of Jenny when the West End play opened in the summer of 2021. The singer received rave reviews and a Best Actress nomination at the Olivier Awards.
Giovanna Fletcher, Mandip Gill and Laura Whitmore have since reprized the role.
Cheryl revealed her offer was unexpected as she was asked about the role after meeting playwright Danny Robins for a separate issue.
New role: Cheryl’s next move is her West End debut, taking over from Laura Whitmore with the role of Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story
Still, she felt no pressure as the show’s fifth star, explaining that the director encouraged her to take on the character in her own way.
Admitting that she could take on other acting roles soon, she added, “I enjoyed it very much.
“I think going forward it should feel good. It felt like something I could do and was excited to do.
Although unexpected to some, Cheryl proved all naysayers wrong and was hailed for her “great” performance.
Cheryl joins co-stars Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford and Scott Karim in 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Lyric Theater through April 23.
Watch: Cheryl joins co-stars Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford and Scott Karim in 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Lyric Theater through April 23