One Direction's Liam Payne has now made it clear that he's in a serious, committed romance with Sophia Smith. In an interview with ABC's "Nightline" that was televised on Aug. 26, 2013, interviewer Cynthia McFadden asked the guys in One Direction which ones in the group are still available, when it comes to dating. Speaking for themselves, One Direction's Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson all said that they are "taken," while One Direction's Niall Horan and Harry Styles said that they are available.
Payne and Smith have been dating since the summer of 2013, but they have known each other since they were students at St. Peter’s Collegiate School in their hometown of Wolverhampton, England. Payne's previous girlfriend was dancer Danielle Peazer, but their on-again/off-again relationship (which lasted for nearly three years) ended in May 2013.
Tomlinson and Eleanor Calder (who is a student at the University of Manchester) have been dating since late 2011.
Malik and Perrie Edwards of the girl group Little Mix have been a couple since April 2012. They got engaged on Aug. 17, 2013.
All of these girlfriends were with their One Direction beaus at the world premiere of the 3-D documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" in London, on Aug. 20, 2013.
Meanwhile, in the same "Nightline" segment, Payne revealed that one of his arm tattoos that says "I figured it out" is actually the line of a One Direction song that has not been released yet.
The title and release date for One Direction's third album are to be announced. The only song on the album that has been announced so far is the first single, "Best Song Ever," which immediately became a Top 10 hit in several countries after the song was released on July 22, 2013.
"Best Song Ever" plays over the end credits of "One Direction: This Is Us." The documentary combines concert footage with behind-the-scenes footage of One Direction, the biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." The movie arrives in U.K. cinemas on Aug. 29, 2013, and in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 30, 2013. The movie's release date may vary in other countries.
As previously reported, although One Direction's families and work colleagues are featured prominently in the movie, One Direction's friends and girlfriends are noticeably absent from the movie. And "Best Song Ever" is the only song from the third album that is in the movie, which does not have any footage of One Direction writing or recording other songs from the third album.
At the New York City press junket for "One Direction: This Is Us" on Aug. 24, 2013, director Morgan Spurlock held a press conference, where I asked him about these omissions. Here is what he said:
We know that the guys in One Direction hang out with more than themselves and their families. Why did you not include showing One Direction with any of their friends or girlfriends? And did you have access to filming the making of One Direction's third album?
Spurlock: You see "Best Song Ever." You see us when we're on the road with that. You see that in the movie. We filmed with them tons of times on the road, where we see them on the road. We recorded countless songs while they on the road. But why put six new songs in the movie that people aren't going to get to hear? You don't want to put songs in the movie that people don't have access to.
We shot tons of childhood friends. When Niall went home, we hung with all his friends from childhood when we went home for [his brother Greg's] wedding. When Harry was back in Holmes Chapel, we shot him hanging out with not only his family but his friends.
But when it came down to it, when you're putting together a film where ultimately, you have five guys' stories that you have to tell over 60 minutes ... The concert is about 28 minutes, [and there is] 62 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, you can't put in everything.
Ultimately, I found their relationships with their families to be more valuable and important than their relationships with their friends from home, because [their family life] is ultimately what shaped them as human beings and shaped them as young men. And when it came down to their personal relationships, I said we shouldn't put their girlfriends in there, because they're 19 to 21 years old. What if one of them breaks up with a girlfriend in the middle of my story? All of a sudden, I've got a hole that now I can't even wrap up. I can't even close that door.
So I chose not to put those relationships in there. And that actually happened with Liam [Payne] as we were making the film. And what Liam talks about in the film, for me, is a much better story to tell about their relationships. Liam says, "I want somebody to love me for me. I want somebody to love me for who I am, not all of this [fame and fortune]."
These guys are multimillionaire world-famous pop stars. The better story for me is "How do I find somebody who love me as a normal person, not this guy who you see in the media or you see on television or you see in this film. That's the story, not the relationships that two of them have. They have real, long-term relationships. But it's the better story of how do you find relationships with people who trust you.
With that said, what kind of footage will you have in the DVD extras?
Spurlock: You have to wait and see on the DVD. We're still working on it. We shot 963 hours of footage for the film. [There are] 500-plus behind-the-scenes hours of footage. And it's a lot. There's a ton of stuff that didn't make it into the movie, so hopefully more of it will actually make it onto the DVD. It would be great.