Updated: 03/01/2017 01:04 PM | First Published: 03/01/2017 12:23 PM

Liam Payne

Liam Payne in a white shirt

Liam Payne is an English singer who is best known as one-fourth of the popular boy band, One Direction. He rose to fame in 2010 as a contestant on the British version of The X Factor, where he and four other contestants, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson were recruited by Simon Cowell to form One Direction. 



Liam was born on August 29, 1993, in Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom to Karen and Geoff Payne. He completed his GCSEs at St. Peter’s Collegiate School and attended Wolverhampton College where he studied music technology.  

In 2008, when he was 14,  Liam auditioned for the fifth season of The X Factor with Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon but was eliminated during Boot Camp. He returned to the competition two years later and was eliminated once again. However, he along with four other eliminated contestants formed a group and finished in third place.

The group was signed by judge Simon Cowell to his Syco Entertainment as One Direction. As a part of One Direction, Liam released five studio albums and completed four tours around the world. Their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, topped the UK Singles Chart upon release and is considered one of the best-selling singles in music history. In July 2016, Liam revealed that he had been signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist. Following this, the singer also signed a contract with Republic Records in America. 

Liam is presently in a relationship with English singer Cheryl and is expecting a baby with her. They have been dating since early 2016. Prior to this, Liam dated his childhood friend, Sophia Smith, for two years and was in an on-again-off-again relationship with dancer Danielle Peazer until May 2013.

Name Liam Payne
Birth Name Liam James Payne
Profession Singer
Gender Male
Birthday August 29, 1993
Age 25 Years Old
Star Sign Virgo
Nationality English
Ethnicity White
Place of Birth Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
Best Known For One Direction
Marital Status In Relationship
Girlfriend Cheryl
High School St. Peter’s Collegiate School
University Wolverhampton College