A source told MailOnline, “Liam and Sophia have split. Liam is incredibly sad, but is going to keep busy. He really hopes that everybody will respect both his and Sophia’s privacy and stop speculating.”
Just a few days ago, on October 20, the band was forced to cancel their Belfast concert because Liam apparently got sick. But is his “illness” just a good ol’ case of the breakup blues?
“Unfortunately, One Direction have had to cancel tonight’s concert in Belfast,” Simon Jones, the band’s publicist, told Hollywood Life. “Liam has been taken suddenly ill, and the concert will sadly not be taking place…The band apologizes to their fans and wish Liam well as soon as possible.”
The bandmates took to Twitter to express their apologies for the last-minute cancellation.
A few days later, Liam took to Twitter himself to express how music is always there when you need it most.
The couple were regularly seen out on dates together and made many red carpet appearances together. In July of this year, Twitter went wild after rumors sparked that Liam and Sophia were getting engaged soon. However, Liam quickly cleared the air in an interview with Attitude magazine.
“We have talked about marriage, but 22 seems a bit young for us,” he said in the interview. “Sophia needs to go off and do what she wants to do. I don’t want her to be one of those stay-at-home girlfriends who doesn’t really do much.”
It certainly hasn’t been an easy year for One Direction, between Zayn Malik calling of his engagement and leaving the band, and Louis Tomlison’s baby announcement. Then there’s the whole drama with Justin Bieber about them having the same album release date as him.
Hopefully, Payne will have no problem continuing to tour with the band amidst this announcement. And we’re pretty sure he will have *no* trouble at all finding a rebound…