Cheryl has revealed that due to the state of the world, she no longer plans to have a second child.
The 39-year-old singer shares son Bear, five, with her ex-boyfriend Liam Payne, 29, and revealed in 2020 that she would use a sperm donor to have a second child.
However, the new star of West End show 2:22 A Ghost Story told MailOnline exclusively that her attitude has changed post-pandemic and there would now be a bigger age gap between her children.
‘Is it wise to bring another baby into this crazy world?’: Cheryl, 39, has admitted she’s considering adoption but is no longer committed to having a second child
Cheryl explained, “I was so determined to get another one because Bear was at that perfect age. I think if you have a few years age difference you can still do things with them together where they are both engaged and interested.
“Now that the pandemic has happened in the meantime, and there’s such an age difference, and I’m a bit older. Frankly, I’m not so sure.’
Still, she didn’t rule out other methods of caring for children, noting, “maybe adoption. I just love babies and kids and would do anything to help or have another one around but it’s not that common anymore.
“Also in the process of the pandemic, I looked around the world and thought this world is a little crazy. Is it a wise idea to put a soul in all this madness?”
Loving mum: The 39-year-old singer shares son Bear, five, with her 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 focus is purely on Bear, who will be celebrating his sixth birthday in March.
She discussed their plans for the day and 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’ll have to see what he has in store for that. I’m sure it’s something that’s going to cost me a lot of money, whatever it is!’
While still young, Cheryl has made sure her son’s privacy is respected, choosing not to show his face on social media.
The Fight For This Love hitmaker revealed she’s trying to keep Bear away from the internet, but confessed that her little one loves YouTube and has become “obsessed” with the viral Wednesday dance craze started by the Netflix series.
As Cheryl hits the shelves with her new role in 2:22 A Ghost Story, she won’t be around for Bear’s bedtime ritual at night.
“It’s bizarre,” she confessed. “I’ve been doing that for almost six years. So that’s a bit strange.’
Still, she admitted she was “blessed” by the timing of the 2020 Covid lockdowns, which allowed her to spend more quality time with her son.
She confessed: ‘I think I’ve been enjoying the lockdown a little too much. Bear just turned three and was at that perfect stage where he knew how to talk back. It was really a precious age for him.
“I am truly blessed to have that time just for him and me. So I think I just enjoyed those few 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 little bit older. I’m not so sure, honestly’
Cheryl’s next move will be her West End debut, having taken over the role of Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story from Laura Whitmore.
The singer previously played herself in the Hollywood film What To Expect When You’re Expecting and had a small role as a killer music cop in the 2020 film Four Kids And It.
“A few people have said they wouldn’t expect this from me,” she revealed. “But it doesn’t feel that far off to me.
“I think we like it when people are in their little box, where we can find them and know what to expect. And if 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 house 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 awake until 2:22 am to discover 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 critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Actress at the Olivier Awards.
Giovanna Fletcher, Mandip Gill and Laura Whitmore have since taken on the role.
Cheryl revealed her offer was unexpected when asked about the part after meeting the playwright Danny Robins for a separate number.
New role: Cheryl’s next move is her West End debut, taking over from Laura Whitmore as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story
Still, she didn’t feel any pressure as the show’s fifth star, explaining that the director encouraged her to interpret the character in her own way.
She admitted that she could take on more acting roles soon, adding, “I enjoyed it to the fullest.
“I think in the future it should feel like this just felt right. It felt like something I could do and I was excited to do it.’
Though unexpected by some, Cheryl has proven all naysayers wrong and has been praised for her ‘outstanding’ performance.
Cheryl joins co-stars Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford and Scott Karim in 2:22 A Ghost Story which runs at the Lyric Theater until April 23.
One to watch: Cheryl joins co-stars Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford and Scott Karim in 2:22 A Ghost Story running until April 23 at the Lyric Theater