Liam Payne is a British singer/songwriter and also a former member of the worldwide popular band One Direction. Payne turned 28 , and let us get to know more about him
Birthday: 28th August, 1993
Home Town: Heath Town, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Marital Status: Unmarried
Spouse: Maya Henry
Children: Bear Payne
Father: Geoff Payne
Mother: Karen Payne
Siblings: Nicola Payne, Ruth Payne
Weight: 73 kgs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Net Worth: $60 Million
Liam Payne was born in Wolverhampton in England, to Karen Payne and Geoff Payne. His mother is an infant nurse while his father is a fitter. Liam has two older sisters: Nicola and Ruth, and it was said that he was earlier than the estimated pregnancy. When he was a kid, he used to get ill frequently, and during one of the regular tests, doctors noticed that one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional. To cope with this pain, he used to take sixteen injections in his arm every morning and also in the evening.
As a kid, he was very much interested in sports and also joined Wolverhamptom and Bilston Athletics Club to pursue his running career. At one point, he was also regarded as the third best player in the country. Also, he used to get bullied as a kid, so he took boxing lessons at the age of twelve.
Beginning of Career:
Payne was just twelve when he joined the show business. He became a member of the Pink Production Theatre Company, and also appeared as Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever.
In 2008, Payne auditioned for the fifth season of the British reality show The X Factor. He was just 14 at that time and performed the song “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. He made it to the judges house, but did not qualify for the next round and Simon encouraged him to return back in two years.
In 2010, Liam Payne returned back to the show and performed the song “Cry Me a River” by Michael Buble, in front of the same judges. This time, he received four yeses and also a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, and hence was qualified to move forward.
However, he failed to progress to the boys category at judges house and hence by the suggestion of the Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger, he was put in a group along with Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. Like this, they formed a band called One Direction.
One Direction and rise in popularity:
One Direction was formed on 23rd July, 2010, and consisted of Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Noran, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. Initially they all auditioned separately but were kept in a group together by Simon Cowell. Although they didn’t win the competition, they became widely popular in the UK, and started winning millions of hearts across the country.
In 2011, the band released their first song “What Make You Beautiful”, which went on to become a critical and commercial hit across the globe. That same month, they released their first album “Up All Night”, and it became the UK’s fastest selling debut album.
The following year, in 2012, they released their second studio album “Take Me Home”, and it reached number 1 in 35 different countries including the USA. Both these albums: “Take Me Home” and “Up All Night” went on to reach number 1 in the Billboard and like this One Direction became the first group to have their first two albums reach number one.
In 2013, they released their third studio album, “Midnight Memories”, and the lead single of the album, “Best Song Ever” also broke the YouTube record for being the most viewed video within the first 24 hours with over 10.9 Million views. “Midnight Memories” also went on to reach number 1 in the Billboard and One Direction became the first group to get that success since The Monkees in 1967.
Their fourth album was “Four”, and also it was the last album of the band before the departure of Zayn Malik.
In 2015, Zayn Malik announced that he is leaving the band, and the four boys kept going on. But unfortunately, just after a year, they broke up after releasing their fifth album “Made in the A.M.”.
“Four” was their fourth album, and the most popular songs from this album were “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes”. It was also the last album of the band before Zayn Malik’s departure.
As Zayn Malik was credited for the high notes in the songs for the band, all that responsibility now came to Liam, and even he has a very good vocal range.
Post One Direction to Present:
Liam started his solo career with Republic Records and the first song he released was “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo. The song received a good success and it went on to reach number 1 in the UK and number 10 in the USA. It was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Stever Mac.
Later, he went on to release “Bedroom Floor”, and “Get Low” with Zedd.
In 2018, Liam and Rita Ora collaborated for the song “For You”, which was the soundtrack from the movie Fifty Shades Freed. The same year, he collaborated with J Balvin and released the song “Familiar”.
He also contributed his voice for Jonas Blue’s song “Polaroid” along with Lennon Stella, and in 2019, he collaborated with the American rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie for the song “Stack It Up”.
In 2019, he released his first studio album “LP1”, but it received negative reviews from the critics and reached number 17 in the UK. The same year, he released a Christmas song called “All I Want (For Christmas)”, which also received negative reviews.
In 2020, he teamed up with Alesso and released the song “Midnight”, which received positive reviews and also became very popular on TikTok.
The same year, he released the song “Naughty List” along with the TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio, which also received negative reviews even from his own fans.
In 2021, he released the song “Sunshine” which is the original soundtrack from the movie Ron’s Gone Wrong
Liam Payne is also the first global ambassador for German brand Hugo Boss.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he started his own YouTube series called “Stay At Home and Chill With Me”.
He is also a supporter of UNICEF and is an ambassador for the charitable organization Trekstock.
He is also an active supporter of Black Lives Matter and is also a pro-choice.
Payne started dating Cheryl Cole who was also the judge in The X Factor when he auditioned. Together, they have a son, Bear Payne. The couple has been separated but they co-parent their son together.
Since then, it was rumored that he was dating supermodel Naomi Campbell.
In 2019, Liam started dating model Maya Henry, who was also his fan. They also got engaged but then Liam called off the engagement in 2021. During a podcast, Liam blamed himself for the separation.
What are Liam Payne’s 5 best songs?
According to us, Liam has quite a few good songs. His solo career did manage to produce some good songs. Let us see the list.
5. Bedroom Floor:
Release Date: 20th October 2017
“Bedroom Floor” is a break up song where the singer talks about how he has been separated from his lover, but still misses her as her clothes are all scattered in his bedroom floor. The music video also stars Bella Thorne as Payne’s love interest.
4. Live Forever:
Release Date: 6th December, 2019
“Live Forever” is a song by Liam Payne and Cheat Codes. In the song, he talks about how he feels useless, but since the arrival of his lover, he wants to live forever.
Release Date: 8th April, 2020
“Midnight” is the song by Swedish DJ Alesso, and Liam is a featured artist. It was released during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about the song, Alesso says, “During these difficult times Liam and I hope this song can bring some light.”
2. For You:
Genre: Synth-pop, Electro-pop
Release Date: 5th January, 2018
Album: Fifty Shades Freed
“For You” is the original soundtrack from the movie Fifty Shades Freed starring Jmaie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The songs also featured Rita Ora, and both Liam and Rita delivered some really strong vocals.
Genre: Dance-pop, R&B
Release Date: 5th October, 2018
“Polaroid” is a song by English DJ Jonas Blue, and it features Liam Payne and Lennon Stella’s voice. The song tells the story of two unknown people, who are connected by a polaroid photo, and at the end they meet but the situation is completely different. The song is really beautiful and the music video for this song is one of the best.