Liam Payne

Liam Payne

Liam Payne is one-fifth of the British/Irish boyband One Direction that formed on the talent show The X Factor. One Direction's other members are Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles. They finished third on The X Factor, but went on to have massive success, reinvigorating the boy band genre and starting a British invasion in the U.S.

A few facts about Liam: He once had aspirations of being an Olympic runner, but later decided to focus on singing. He first auditioned for The X Factor when he was 14, but didn’t make the final cut. He returned in 2010 and the rest is history.

One Direction, has released three albums: Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories. The fourth album, appropriately titled Four, is set to be released Nov. 2014. The band's hit songs include "What Makes You Beautiful," "Kiss You," "Live While We’re Young," "Best Song Ever," "One Thing" and "Story of My Life."

Liam is all about connecting with his fans. During the early days of 1D, he became known for doing Twitcam live streams where he answered fan submitted questions online.

Liam has had several public girlfriends, including British dancer Danielle Peazer. His most recent reported girlfriend is a friend from home named Sophia Smith.

1D fans call themselves Directioners and are known to write crazy fancitions and "dirty imagines," aka fantasies, on Tumblr. One author has even changed the fanfiction game by receiving a major book deal for her One Direction-inspired online story titled After.

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