find his way! Liam Payne has learned to deal with his personal ups and downs since rising to fame as a member of One Direction in 2010.
The English-born boy band success and eventual solo star has made finding love a little difficult. After an on-off romance with X factor dancer Danielle PeazerPayne has been linked to the childhood flame Sophia Smith until 2015.
“We’ve talked about getting married, but 22 seems a bit young to us,” said the “Strip That Down” singer attitude magazine in its September 2015 issue, a month before Smith retires. “Sophia has to go out and do what she wants to do. I don’t want her to be one of those housewives who doesn’t really do much.”
Payne returned to his X factor Roots in early 2016 when he sparked a romance with Cheryl Colewho was a judge on the 2010 talent show when he competed.
The two, who share son Bear, split after two years of dating, but the breakup didn’t feel real until they spoke out publicly, according to Payne.
“You break up, and then it took a couple of days or a couple of weeks for us to actually make the announcement, and that’s when it really comes home, I think,” he told Vodafone Kat Schoob in August 2018. “At the same time, it’s like breaking up twice. You’ve done this before, and now I have to go through it all again because I have to tell people I don’t even really know.”
Despite going through ups and downs with Cole, Payne tried his hand at love again in late 2018 when he started dating Maya Heinrich. “Sometimes I don’t recognize this lucky guy… sure glad you brought him back,” the pop singer wrote alongside a photo of the pair cuddling on a couch in September 2019.
Payne continued, “Finally, this @maya_henry [thanks] for always keeping the biggest smile on my face despite all the stress and realizing how perfect my life really is. I love you all, let’s stack this.”
The duo got engaged in August 2020 but split a year later, with Payne blaming himself. “I’m feeling more than anything at this point, I’m more disappointed in myself for continuing to hurt people,” he confessed during a June 2021 episode of the Diary of a CEO podcast. I just wasn’t very good at relationships.”
The “Depend On It” singer and Henry got back together later that year, but split again in spring 2022. Us weekly confirmed in May 2022 that the duo had broken off their engagement “over a month ago” when photos surfaced of Payne packing with Influencer on the PDA Aliana Mawla.
While Henry hinted that Payne’s new relationship appeared to have started while they were still together, Mawla’s rep denied the allegations Us.
“Aliana is very withdrawn from the allegations made regarding a relationship with Liam while he was still engaged or involved with his ex-fiancée,” the rep said in a statement in May 2022, noting that the model was “very “protective” of her private life. “She is very happy and does not wish to discuss this situation further.”
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