Liam Payne Dating Childhood Friend — New Couple Alert!
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Liam Payne Dating Childhood Friend — New Couple Alert!

We’re going crazy, crazy, crazy, you guys. Why? Because it seems like every time we turn around, a One Direction guy has a new lady on his arm. We’ve been trying to get on the list for years, but no dice. Maybe it’s something about the tattoos we keep getting of their names, or our privately published fan fiction… But one guy — Liam Payne — found love in an unexpected place: His past.

Liam and the One Direction boys were doing press for their new feature-length film, This Is Us, when he was asked “You’ve got a girlfriend?” The boybander replied “Yes, it’s new,” referring to a brunette girl. Later, when he was asked by OMG!, he pointed out new girlfriend Sophia Smith.

It must be tough dating someone as high profile as Liam, and ex-girlfriend Danielle had to put up with the brunt of fan jealousy, with tons of tweets and letters spelling out exactly how 1Ders felt about the relationship. (Hint: it’s not great.)

But while other members have had success dating peers — Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix for example — Liam’s relationship with Sophia goes farther back in time. The two attended high school together at St. Peter’s Collegiate in Wolverhampton, back before 1D skyrocketed to their current status as BBOC (Big Band on Campus, of course). Rumor has it Sophia rejected Liam 22 times back in high school. Hmm, was it time or fame that changed her mind? We’re hoping the former...

Liam has had a rocky year in the relationship department, breaking up with girlfriend of three years Danielle Peazer multiple times reportedly for long-distance reasons, with the last split in May. Hopefully his new relationship will take off as quickly as his career did. And considering Sophia has already flown across the world to be with her man at press events and concerts, we’re thinking they’ll have what it takes to make it.

What do you think, One Direction fans — could this be it for Liam Payne?

Source: Daily Mail / OMG!

08.19.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Julia Wayne
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