One Direction's Liam Payne confirms new girlfriend Sophia Smith

Published Tuesday, Aug 20 2013, 08:49 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
One Direction's Liam Payne has possibly broken a few hearts this week by confirming he has a new girlfriend.

The singer confirmed reports he is dating childhood friend Sophia Smith during a press conference (via Yahoo OMG) to promote 1D's new movie This Is Us.

The 'What Makes You Beautiful' singer is said to have met Sophia while they attended St. Peter's Collegiate in Wolverhampton together.

One Direction: This Is Us - Photocall and Press Conference - 19 August 2013

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One Direction at their 19 August movie photocall (l-r): Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles

According to the Sunday Mirror, things are getting serious between Liam and Sophia, with Liam jetting her out to LA last week to watch 1D performing at the Staples Centre.

"Liam has really fallen for her. It's getting very serious, very fast," said an insider. "She's a sweet, normal girl who likes Liam for who he is, not because he's in the most famous boyband in the world."

Liam is thought to have split from previous girlfriend Danielle Peazer in May. He had been dating the dancer since meeting her on X Factor in 2010.

At the time, it was suggested the duo parted ways amicably, with Liam's crazy schedule being a factor.

We'll get a look at that crazy schedule when 1D's movie This Is Us - giving us a look at their daily lives - opens in cinemas on Thursday.

Watch a trailer for This Is Us below: