One Direction's Liam Payne and his girlfriend Sophia Smith have reunited after a breakup kept them apart for almost two months. On June 1, 2014, the Daily Mirror published paparazzi photos of the couple holding hands while leaving a hotel in Manchester, England, a city where One Direction performed in concert later that night.
Payne and Smith (who is one of his former school mates) began dating in July 2014 and reportedly broke up in late April 2014, shortly before One Direction launched its 2014 "Where We Are Now" world tour.
An unnamed source told The Sun that Payne broke up with Smith because he felt that being on tour would not be healthy for their relationship: “Liam said she is the sweetest girl he’s ever met and he’s really sad about the split. But he knows it was the right thing to do. He wants her to enjoy university and not be sad waiting for him to come back from tour for the odd day here and there.
"So, Liam made the painful decision to end it. It has been really hard for him, all alone on the other side of the world, so soon after going through a breakup. But the huge crowds of fans flocking to their gigs every night have given him everything he needs to keep going."
But apparently the breakup was too painful, and the couple got back together.
Before Payne dated Smith, he had an on-again/off-again romance with dancer Danielle Peazer, whom he met when they were both on "The X Factor" in 2010. Peazer and Payne broke up in September 2012, reunited in November 2012, and broke up for the last time on May 2013. The former couple had moved in together in 2012 before their first breakup.
One Direction (which came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010) is the world's biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor."