Inside One Direction's whirlwind romances from one-night stands to surprise babies as Liam Payne splits from fiance

THEY all rose to fame in one of the biggest boybands of all time – but despite their musical success, One Direction have been less lucky when it comes to lasting love.

Since starring on The X Factor, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have all had their fair share of romance highs and lows, from flings and surprise babies to heartbreak.

Now, Liam Payne is the latest band member to find himself single after splitting from fiance Maya Henry following a ten-month engagement.

Here, we take a look at all the whirlwind romances the One Directioners have had over the years…

Liam Payne 

At the beginning of his One Direction fame, Liam dated backup dancer Danielle Peazer after meeting on The X Factor in 2010.

They were together for two years before splitting due to Liam’s busy schedule. He then split with childhood sweetheart Sophia Smith after the same amount of time.

Cheryl and Liam then went on to have a high-profile two-year romance, which resulted in their son Bear, now four, after a secret pregnancy.

They first met when 14-year-old Liam auditioned for her on The X Factor back in 2008 where she was on the judging panel.

In 2019 Liam was also linked very briefly to supermodel Naomi Campbell, now 51, and in 2018 he was rumoured to have had a two month fling with model Cairo Dwek, 23, after meeting her during a trip to the French Riviera.

The 27-year-old star dropped the bombshell news he's newly single during a recent podcast appearance. He proposed to 21-year-old Maya with a £3m ring last August after two years together.

Harry Styles

He's had a hugely successful solo career, and Harry Styles is always a big hit with the ladies too, dating many A-listers over the years.

High profile stars Harry was rumoured to have dated include Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift for two months and Victoria's Secret Model Camille Row.


And Camille wasn't the first Victoria's Secret model to be linked to the star.

Harry also briefly dated Sara Sampaio, a Portuguese model who was spotted kissing Harry outside his hotel, and he was also linked to models Nadine Leopold and Georgia Fowler.

Harry also dated London-based chef and blogger Tess Ward and stylist Pandora Lennard.

He's currently dating actress and film director Olivia Wilde, who he met when he started filming her new film, Don't Worry Darling.

Niall Horan 

Niall Horan tends to keep his private life out of the spotlight – but has dated a few famous faces too.

He went on a couple of dates with Ellie Goulding in 2013, with Ellie saying: "We went on a few dates, and it was really fun.

"He's got the biggest sense of humour, he's very caring, and I see him as a genuine friend in the industry."

Niall also dated dated Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin in 2014, before things "fizzled out" due to work commitments.

Now, Niall is currently in a relationship with designer shoe buyer Amelia Woolley but the pair have opted to keep their relationship very much under wraps.

Louis Tomlinson

Even Louis, 29, who is now happily settled with childhood sweetheart Eleanor Calder, has had a couple of notable whirlwind romances, with one even resulting in a son.

The Back To You singer knew Eleanor before his rise to fame, dating from around 2011, however they split in 2015 for a time, and it was then Louis had a fling with Briana Jungwirth.

This fling with the LA based stylist in May 2015 resulted in the birth of Louis' son, Freddie Reign, in January 2016 but the pair had already separated before his birth.

Louis was also linked to actress Danielle Campbell in the same year, before Louis and Eleanorreconciled after Louis' mum tragically passed away in 2016.

Zayn Malik

He quit the band in 2015, and is now happily settled down, but that's not to say Zayn, 28, hasn't had his fair share of love interests.

During his time on The X Factor in 2010, Zayn dated fellow finalist Geneva Lane, with her later branding him a "heartbreaker."

He also dated X Factor singer Rebecca Ferguson, six years Zayn's senior, for four months back in 2011, before being linked to Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis for five months.

The star then went on to have a four-year romance with Little Mix's Perrie Edwards, and the pop duo even got engaged.

However the romance was rocked when ex-stripper Courtney Webb claimed they'd had sex in the £2m mansion he shared with the singer, even taking pictures of him sleeping to back up her story.

They eventually split in 2015 with Perrie claiming she was dumped by text – which he denied.

Zayn was then linked to Burberry model Neelam Gill, and PR professional Carlyn Bryan, before going on to settle down with now girlfriend Gigi Hadid after a brief separation in 2018.

Now, he's a proud dad to nine-month-old baby daughter, Khai.

So it seems the path to true love really doesn't run smooth, even if you're in one of the the most famous, successful boy bands of all time…

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