Liam Payne (born August 29, 1993) is member famous boy band One Direction, with Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson.
Liam Payne described himself as a "naughty boy at school." He tried out for teams, eventually finding his place on the cross-country team and coming in first. "From then on I was training all the time and getting up at 6 am to run for miles. At the age of 12 they put me in the school's under-18s team." Payne was bullied in school and took up boxing lessons, saying he "needed to find a way to defend myself, I was, at 12 years old, fighting the 38-year-old trainer. I broke my nose, had a perforated eardrum and I was always coming home with a bruised, puffy face. But it gave me confidence. I got pretty good over the next couple of years."
Liam Payne was a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College. Payne first auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor's fifth series when he was fourteen. He made it to the judges' houses, but Simon Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years. In 2010, Payne returned and auditioned with "Cry Me a River", receiving a standing ovation from the audience and Cowell. At bootcamp, he sang "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" before being rejected and put into One Direction.
Liam Payne is currently in a relationship with dancer, Danielle Peazer. They met on the X Factor in 2010 and have been in a relationship ever since. In an interview with Now Magazine, Payne said "Danielle's amazing. All the boys love her – in a friendly way. Lately I've been able to spend a lot of time with her. It's hard when we go away, but she's so good about everything." On settling down, Payne said "If possible, with Danielle."