Singer who gained fame with the highly successful British boy band One Direction alongside Louis Tomlinson , Niall Horan and Harry Styles . One Direction was named 2012's Top New Artist by Billboard and in 2014, the band received eight Teen Choice Awards.
As a youngster he was bullied so he began taking boxing lessons. He majored in music technology at City of Wolverhampton College.
He was discovered on The X Factor and appeared on the reserve list for the 2012 Olympics as a sprinter.
He was born to Geoff and Karen Payne and he has two older sisters named Ruth and Nicola . He dated dancer Danielle Peazer in 2012, then began a relationship with Sophia Smith . After their split he began dating Cheryl Fernandez-Versini . He and Cheryl welcomed a son named Bear in March 2017.
He and fellow One Direction member Harry Styles both pursued solo careers.