Credit: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Photo: One Direction at the BRIT Awards at 02 Arena in London, England on February 19, 2014

The story of Liam Payne's life is not hearts and rainbows right now.

According to Us Weekly, the One Direction singer is "devastated" after a split with girlfriend Sophia Smith, even though he's reportedly the one who ended the relationship.

Liam, 20, and Sophia have known each other since they went to St. Peter's Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, England, but they'd only been dating for about eight months.
 

Credit: Instagram Photo: Liam Payne's New Girlfriend, Sophia Smith

What broke them apart? "Too much long distance," a source told Us Weekly.

"He's devastated that it's over but it was for the best," the source said. "They were spending too much time apart and it's only going to get worse this year -- the band going on a super long tour, her getting busier with university."

The source said the distance was draining for both of them, and Liam was the one to call it off.

But apparently he's still living up to a version of his last name, tweeting pained, wistful things like "Can't be without you," "Worse thing I ever did was let you go," and "No all I got left is the thought of you," which he all tweeted on May 2.

Liam has had a roller-coaster year when it comes to relationships. He broke up with Danielle Peazer, his on-and-off girlfriend of three years, a year ago this month. They too split from distance issues. That’s the trade-off for being a superstar. But at least he still has more than 16.5 million fans willing to cheer him up!

Are you sorry to hear that Liam and Sophia broke up?

Sources: Us WeeklyLiam on Twitter


Credit: AOL Photo: Liam Payne and Sophia Smith Split (VIDEO)