Liam Payne is saying ‘goodbye’ to love after splitting from his fiancée of nearly one year.
Payne and Maya Henry have reportedly split from one another after getting engaged less than a year ago. The two grew close in quarantine and he popped the question in August 2020.
A quick history lesson on this relationship…
Liam and Maya actually first met in 2015 backstage after a One Direction concert. He then dated Cheryl Cole from 2016 to 2018 and they had a son together, Bear.
They announced their split on social media in July of 2018, with Liam writing, QUOTE; “Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. 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.”
Cheryl’s sentiments echoed Liam’s, but just a month later, in August of 2018, Liam was spotted making out with Cairo Dwek according to The Sun.
An onlooker told the publication, QUOTE; “There’s no doubt Liam and Cairo are more than just friends. They were kissing passionately with his hand wrapped around the back of her head and they obviously couldn’t get enough of each other.”
That same month, Liam was first spotted with Maya, but nothing seemed to come of it at the time because of Liam’s closeness to Cairo.
Liam reportedly dated Naomi Campbell for a few months in early 2019, but that seemed to fizzle out. Finally, in August of 2019, The Sun reported that Liam and Maya were dating, and actually had been for a few months.
A source told The Sun, QUOTE; “He is besotted and they get on very well, but he wanted to wait before they started going public. He is close to Cheryl and, out of respect to her, only wanted to go public with a girlfriend when he knew it was right.”
One month later, Liam was asked if he was dating someone on KISS FM UK. He confirmed he was and that he was, quote; “happy.”
When asked what it was like dating with tabloids constantly reporting on his life, he responded by saying, “If someone is going to take a picture, someone is going to do something. The difference is with her, she’s so relaxed that it helps me relax in a situation, rather than being somewhere, and talk about who is watching and what’s going on. People are going to watch whatever. What am I supposed to do? I can’t do anything about it now. It’s too late for that. It’s just been quite nice and just going out. I’ve managed to explore a lot more of London than I ever have actually my life, which has been quite fun. My life has been quite normal recently, which has been a break.”
Liam also made his relationship with Maya public on social media, posting a loving message on Instagram thanking many people for his record release that read, QUOTE; “Sometimes I don’t recognize this happy guy… sure glad you brought him back though. This has been my most amazing release week to date! Massive thank you to all my team.”
Unfortunately, the thanks and public displays of affection didn’t stand the test of time for Payne and Henry.
During a guest spot on Steve Barlett’s podcast, “Diary of a CEO,” Payne said, “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 admitted to knowing his pattern of behavior in relationships and needing to work on it.
“I’m just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else,” Payne said.
According to the former One Direction singer he was not giving a very good version of himself and feels at peace being out of the relationship.
“I didn’t feel good doing what I did but it had to happen. Just a corny way to say it was the best for the both of us. I hope she’s happy,” Payne confessed.
In the words of George Costanza “It’s not you, it’s me.”