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Liam Payne romantically linked to US model Aliana Mawla

Liam Payne. Picture: Supplied

Liam Payne. Picture: Supplied

Published May 24, 2022


It has been claimed the pair met through mutual friends, after the ex-One Direction singer called off his engagement to model Maya Henry, 21, a month ago.

Photographs of Payne, with his arms wrapped around Mawla, 24, emerged on a fan Instagram account on Monday, as well as an image of the pair holding hands.

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A source told The Sun newspaper: “Liam and Aliana have been getting to know one another for the last week and she has been bragging about their romance non-stop.

“She is head-over-heels for Liam. They met through friends and seem to be getting on really well.

“Liam is playing it down, however. He has only been single for a short amount of time and doesn’t want to rush into anything.

“For now, he just wants to enjoy single life,” said the source.

Payne recently returned to London from a trip to the US, and Mawla flew back with the singer.

Mawla featured in his 2018 music video for J Balvin collaboration, “Familiar”, and promoted her sultry appearance in the music video through a post on Instagram, where she has 300 000 followers.

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It was revealed earlier this week that Payne and his on-off girlfriend Henry had called off their engagement.

The pair briefly split last year but reconciled in August, following a series of low-key dates.

After the images began appearing online, Henry lashed out on social media: “I love all of the fans so much, but please stop sending me these pictures of my fiancé wrapped around another woman.

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“This is not me and it’s hard enough knowing this has happened without seeing it. Enough now.”

A source close to the former “X Factor” finalist slated Henry’s remarks as “very misleading”.

A source told MailOnline: “Liam and Maya are no longer together, and split up for good over a month ago.

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“Maya’s comments, referring to Liam as her fiancé, are untrue and very misleading.”

Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne. Picture: Instagram

Payne, who has son Bear, five, with Cheryl Tweedy, 38, asked Henry to marry him in August 2020, after they had been together for a year.

He gave her a custom-made ring, that included a diamond which came from a band owned by Henry’s grandmother.

The pair had known each other for years and first met at a One Direction concert, when Henry was aged only 15.