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One Direction's Liam Payne splits from Sophia Smith

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It’s over for Liam Payne and Sophia Smith, one of the few One Direction couples who looked like they may actually stick together.

The pair had been dating for two years and first met as students in Wolverhampton, England, many moons ago.

“I didn’t actually go out with her at the time [when we were younger],” Payne told Attitude in September. “I used to see her at school and we’d kind of chat. I asked her sister for her number. She was very shy and didn’t give much indication that she liked me, so I just assumed that she wasn’t interested, as well as thinking, she was way too hot for me anyway.”

They started dating in 2013, and things got serious.

“We have talked about marriage, but 22 seems a bit young for us,” he told the magazine. “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.”

Looks like she’s opted to do just that.

“Sophia felt that their relationship was at a point where they either made a decision to get married and settle down, or they go on and do something else and experience more of the world,” an insider told Hollywood Life. “She chose the latter because she’s still so young. Sophia has always been an independent woman and believes she has a lot to achieve. She wants to remain amicable with Liam, but knows that’ll be harder now.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:09pm]


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