Are Liam Payne and Maya Henry back together?! The singer just sparked reconciliation rumors with his ex-girlfriend after he shared a message to her on his Instagram Stories. Yep, the former flames were spotted hanging at a luxe poolside bar in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, over the weekend just a few weeks after he asked her to take him back on social media, and everyone is pretty shook over the reunion.
“They were touching each other all the time. Stroking arms and flirting. I’d say it was heavy petting. He even had his arm around her at one point,” an onlooker told The Sun. “They didn’t kiss but they were sat right out in the open and it wasn’t like they were hiding the fact they were together from what I could see. They didn’t seem to care who saw them. Then they left together.”
What Went Down Between Liam Payne And Maya Henry When They Dated?
For those who don’t know, Henry actually met Payne all the way back in 2015 at a One Direction meet and greet as a fan! But it wasn’t until August 2018 (right after he and Cheryl Cole went their separate ways) when they reconnected that feelings started to develop. At the time, they were photographed hanging out in Italy together, but when the pop star was spotted packing on the PDA with model Cairo Dwek a few weeks later, everyone assumed things had ended.
But things didn’t end there! Then, one year later — in August 2019 — they were caught holding hands while leaving a nightclub in London, confirming that they were back on. At the time, a source told The Sun, “Liam and Maya have been together for several months now. He is besotted and they get on very well. He wanted to wait before they started going public. He is close to Cheryl and, out of respect to her, only wanted to go public with a girlfriend when he knew it was right.”
They went Instagram official one month later, when Payne shared a super cute pic of him and the model, which he captioned, “Sometimes I don’t recognize this happy guy… Sure glad you brought him back though. All smiles over here.”
Why Did They Breakup?
In August 2020, rumors started to swirl that the brunette beauty and the pop star were engaged, after she was photographed wearing what appeared to be a diamond ring on that finger. His rep confirmed that exciting news to Us Weekly, and naturally, fans were pretty excited for them! It definitely seemed like things were going great between them, but he admitted during an interview with People Magazine that it wasn’t as perfect as it looked online.
“It’s been a blessing, but we’ve had our ups and our downs,” he explained. “This has been a very strange year and we were really living on top of each other at one point. It’s a full-time job and sometimes it’s really draining, but she’s very understanding and we’re getting on really really well and having a great time.”
Then, in June 2021, the “Strip That Down” crooner announced that they had broken up, and he admitted that he was the one to end it, since he “wasn’t giving a good version” of himself anymore.
“I’m disappointed in myself that I keep hurting people. That annoys me. I’ve just not been very good at relationships,” he shared. “I know what my pattern of things is with relationships at this point. I’m just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to someone else. That’s what happened with my relationship [with Henry]. I just wasn’t giving a very good version of me anymore. I feel better out of it. I didn’t feel good doing what I did but it had to happen.”
The 27-year-old added that it was the “best for both of them” and that he “hopes she is happy.”
Then, in July 2021, the former 1D member reached out to her via his Instagram Stories, and he made it clear that he wanted another chance with her.
“Don’t let someone go if you really want to love them even if you have to learn to love them through your own mistakes,” he wrote. “Let your instinct tell you that you need them and keep them close. We are always running out of time, we never gain it.”
In another post he tagged her and added a praying emoji.
Who Else Has Liam Payne Dated?
Before he dated Henry, the Payne was in a relationship with Naomi Campbell. Speculation that they were a couple first started to swirl in January 2019 when they were caught having a super flirty exchange on Instagram. In the weeks that followed, they were spotted on vacation together, having a romantic date night in London and working out side by side. Payne even reportedly flew all the way to New York so that they could spend Valentine’s Day together — how cute?!
But in April 2019, news hit the web that they had broken up. A source told The Sun at the time, “Naomi has taken the decision to let things fizzle out. She’s just not into Liam any more and has cast him aside. Quite simply she got a bit bored. He was always the more keen, slightly needy one and, as far as she was concerned, they were never officially an item anyway. It’s always been very casual.”
Before that, he dated Cole for more than two years, and they were total couple goals. They first got together in February 2016, and get this — they even welcomed a son together, named Bear, in March 2017. Everything seemed picture perfect between them, but in June 2018, the musician shocked the world when he announced that they had gone their separate ways.
“Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways,” he said in a Twitter statement. “It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”
Cole later opened up about what went wrong, and she admitted that it felt like Payne was struggling to balance being a dad and working.
“He wanted to settle down and have a family and not do the solo thing,” she explained. “Then we encouraged him to do that. And then it didn’t work out. He was almost having two lives. You have to switch your head onto pop star and then switch it back to daddy.”
He has also had relationships with Sophia Smith and Danielle Peazer.