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Although Liam Payne is one of the most successful men to ever emerge from the UK, the superstar has been rather unlucky in love throughout the years.
Following his shock split from fiancée Maya Henry after their ten-month engagement, the former One Direction star has revealed he’s been stuck in a "negative pattern" when it comes to dating and finding love.
The 27-year-old star has admitted that he’s “not very good with relationships” and always finds himself unintentionally “hurting” the ones he loves.
The singer, who dated Maya for two years before popping the question with a £3million engagement ring, told Steven Barlett on Diary of a CEO podcast that if he was stuck in a room with all his exes, he’d “be out”.
While his past relationships didn’t work out, there’s no denying that Liam has enjoyed romances with some of the most successful and beautiful women in the showbiz industry.
Here, The Mirror takes a look back at Liam’s love life from his whirlwind romance with Cheryl, to his rumoured fling with new mum Naomi Campbell.
Danielle Peazer 2010 – 2012
Liam fell head over heels for fellow X-Factor star Danielle Peazer when they both appeared on the show back in 2010
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Liam fell head over heels for fellow X-Factor star Danielle Peazer when they both appeared on the show back in 2010.
The young stars enjoyed a two-year relationship before they eventually called it quits in late 2012 amid One Direction’s growing global success.
Their relationship became strained due to Liam’s gruelling world tour with One Direction, and in September 2012, the pair announced their split to the world online.
At the time, an insider told The Mirror: “They have split in the last few days because it has been more and more difficult to keep the relationship going with Liam spending more and more time away.
In September 2012, the pair announced their split to the world online
“He has hardly been able to see Danielle in recent months and the band have a world tour next year so it was only going to get harder.
“They ended things but Liam hopes they have left on good terms. She was the first real love of his life.”
Danielle, who appeared on the X Factor as a backup dancer, has since performed on stage alongside Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Jessie J.
Sophia Smith 2013 – 2015
The Strip That Down hitmaker dated the brunette bombshell for two years
Back in 2013, Liam sent shockwaves among One Direction fans when he confirmed his relationship with Sophia Smith.
The Strip That Down hitmaker dated the brunette bombshell for two years, but their love story went way back.
Liam and Sophia had actually attended the same school, and knew each other for years, but it wasn’t until the singer was in the midst of stardom that the genetically-blessed pair decided to give things a go.
Lifting the lid on their relationship back in 2013, Liam told Attitude Magazine: “I used to see her at school and we’d kind of chat. I asked her sister for her number.
“She was very shy and didn’t give much indication that she liked me, so I just assumed that she wasn’t interested, as well as thinking, she was way too hot for me anyway.”
Liam and Sophia had actually attended the same school
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While the pair seemed like the perfect couple, in 2015, Liam announced his split from stunning Sophia.
“I’m absolutely devastated to have split with Sophia. But in order to do right by somebody, sometimes it’s better not to do what your heart wants, but to do what’s better for them,” the One Direction star said at the time.
Despite their split, it appears that the former lovebirds are still on good terms.
When Liam welcomed his son Bear in 2017, Sophia made sure to send her ex-boyfriend a sweet message.
“I messaged to congratulate him. We’re all good. I’m happy for him,” she told The Sun.
Cheryl 2016 – 2018
Liam and Cheryl enjoyed a whirlwind romance and welcomed son, Bear, in 2017
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Cheryl first met Liam on The X Factor back in 2008 when she was a judge alongside Simon Cowell.
While Liam admitted to having a huge crush on the Girls Aloud stunner at the time, it wasn’t until eight years later that the pair became romantic.
Although their relationship sparked debate due to their 10-year age gap, Cheryl and Liam soon won fans over with their affectionate displays for one another on Instagram after they made their romance official in 2016.
The lovebirds went on to welcome their son, Bear, in 2017, and their romance seemed picture-perfect and unbreakable.
Cheryl and Liam shocked the world when they announced their split
But just one-year after the pair became first-time parents, Cheryl and Liam shocked the world when they announced their split.
“Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways,” Liam announced in a Twitter statement at the time.
“It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”
Following their split, Cheryl suggested that Liam’s hugely successful career as a pop star was one of the main reasons for their relationship breakdown as it kept them apart for long periods.
Cheryl suggested that Liam’s hugely successful career as a pop star was one of the main reasons for their relationship breakdown
The Girls Aloud star admitted that Liam was living “a double life” trying to be both a father to Bear while also juggling his music career.
In a 2018 interview, Cheryl explained: “He wanted to settle down and have a family and not do the solo thing. Then we encouraged him to do that. And then it didn’t work out.
“He was almost having two lives. You have to switch your head onto pop star and then switch it back to daddy.”
Although things didn’t work out between the pair, they still remain close friends and co-parent their son together.
Cairo Dwek 2018
Just a few short weeks after his split from Cheryl, Liam was rumoured to be dating model Cario Dwek
Just a few short weeks after his split from Cheryl, Liam was rumoured to be dating model Cario Dwek.
The One Direction star and the Victoria’s Secret model were spotted cosying up to one another on a trip in Italy – much to the surprise of Liam’s fans.
At the time, the pair were seen holding fans, embracing, and kissing as they soaked up the Italian sunshine on the romantic getaway.
An onlooker told The Sun: “There’s no doubt Liam and Cairo are more than just friends.
The One Direction star and the Victoria’s Secret model were spotted cosying up to one another on a trip in Italy
“They were kissing passionately with his hand wrapped around the back of her head and they obviously couldn’t get enough of each other.”
While Liam or Cairo never commented on the rumours, it appeared as though the pair called it quits on their rumoured romance a coulple of months down the line.
In September 2018, Liam told fans he was single during an Instagram Q&A.
Naomi Campbell 2019
Liam and Naomi Campbell reportedly enjoyed a brief romance at the beginning of 2019
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Liam and Naomi Campbell reportedly enjoyed a brief romance at the beginning of 2019.
Although the pair first met and partied the night away at the BAFTAs in 2018, it wasn’t until a year later that their rumoured love story landed on the radar.
The proof started to trickle out on social media when the pair started leaving insanely flirty messages underneath each other’s Instagram posts.
“Perfection in a person,” Liam commented on a selfie of the brunette bombshell at the time.
“Perfection in a person,” Liam commented on a selfie of the brunette bombshell at the time
“Don’t give me those eyes,” the cheeky star added.
A few weeks later, the couple were spotted on a super romantic date night in London and after that, they were spotted working out together in a London gym.
Liam and Naomi were even rumoured to have celebrated New Years in Ghana together after pictures emerged of the pair side by side.
But in April, it was reported that the pair had called it quits on their unlikely romance.
“Naomi has taken the decision to let things fizzle out. She’s just not into Liam any more and has cast him aside,” a source told The Sun at the time.
“Quite simply she got a bit bored. He was always the more keen, slightly needy one and, as far as she was concerned, they were never officially an item anyway. It’s always been very casual.”
Maya Henry 2018 – 2021
Liam and model Maya Henry first started dating in 2018, making their relationship Instagram official in October 2019
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Liam and model Maya Henry first started dating in 2018, making their relationship Instagram official in October 2019.
However, cracks started to show amid the pandemic.
They moved in together during the first lockdown, but sparked separation rumours in 2020 when they weren't seen together – even on social media – until the Black Lives Matter protests in London last summer.
Then in late August they were spotted out at a restaurant with Maya wearing an enormous diamond ring on her left hand, and sources close to the couple confirmed they were engaged after two years together.
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Liam had popped the question with a £3million ring and the pair looked set for marital bliss.
But in a shock move, Liam insinuated it was his decision to end their relationship.
"I know I was the problem and I have to sort myself out. I already feel good. It's got my more concentrated and I hope she's happy."
Liam insinuated it was his decision to end their relationship
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"I feel like more than anything at this point, I'm more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people. That annoys me. I've just not been very good at relationships," he confessed.
"And I know what my pattern of things is with relationships at this point.
"I'm just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else."