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 Harry Styles helped One Direction become one of the United Kingdom's most popular artists after first forming in 2010.