Liam Payne mobbed by fans at 6am as former One Direction star’s solo debut single Strip That Down receives first play on Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show
The former One Direction singer, 23, appeared to be taking it all in his stride despite the early hour and dreary rain as he happily posed for selfies and signed autographs as he arrived for Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio One Breakfast Show.
Strip That Down singer Liam could also be seen carrying bags containing presents from caring fans for his new son Bear who he welcomed with girlfriend Cheryl, 33, in March.
Former Girls Aloud star Cheryl took to Twitter to show her support for her other half on his big day, tweeting: “It is just the beginning. Hope you’re all enjoying Strip That Down. So proud of you babe.”
Someone who is unlikely to be tweeting about Liam’s musical endeavours however is his former 1D bandmate Zayn Malik, 24, who Liam has hit out at as “unsupportive”.
The Wolverhampton-born lad explained: “[Zayn] doesn’t really support the cause. If he feels hurt and scorned in some sort of way that I don’t really understand that’s down to him so there we go.
“It is very sad because One Direction was a wonderful, wonderful time in all of our lives. It was like uni but on steroids, it was mad.”
Adding to The Sun: “It was so much fun and I don’t understand how you can come out of that experience and say the things that he says sometimes, it doesn’t male any sense to me but there you go.”
Relations between the pair first became strained when Zayn sensationally quit chart-topping boyband One Direction in 2015 claiming that he wanted to be “normal, able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.
Despite his words, Gigi Hadid’s boyfriend was reported to be in the recording studio working on solo material shortly after turning his back on Liam, Harry Styles, 23, Niall Horan, 23, and 25-year-old Louis Tomlinson. His debut solo single went to number one in the UK the following year.
One Direction have been on an official hiatus since 2016 with all member working on solo music projects, plus, Harry will soon be making his big screen debut in warm film Dunkirk.
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