One Direction’s Liam Payne Celebrates Birthday With New Girlfriend Sophia

Liam Payne celebrated his 20th birthday last night with a night on the tiles with his new number one groupie, girlfriend Sophia Smith

The cute couple, who have known each other since school, stepped out to London’s Funky Buddha club hand in hand to celebrate the One Directioner’s special day. Liam marked the end of his teenage years by sporting some age-appropriate man stubble, a black-and-white basketball tee and a backwards cap, while glamorous girlfriend Sophia stunned in an olive green silk jumpsuit, black strappy heels and a slick of coral lippie. That’s one hot pair!

The lovebirds spent the night partying solo (nice work lady, we’d nick him all for ourselves too) after spending the day with the rest of the 1D boys on set of their new video. Sophia cosied up to her man between scenes as bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson larked about East London’s trendy Broadway market kicking footballs and visiting pie and mash shops. Well, when in the East End!

Liam also tweeted a thank you message for all of his birthday wishes, writing: “Good morning everyone 🙂 can’t quite believe my life there’s no bigger birthday present than what you’ve done for me in 3 years thank you xx”.

The 20-year-old boybander only revealed he was dating his former Wolverhampton school pal a fortnight ago when asked at the One Direction: This Is Us press conference if he had a girlfriend. “Yes, yes I do. She’s sitting right over there. It’s not been long”, Liam replied. But from the look of these snaps, it was a long time coming – Liam and Sophia look totally smitten.

While it’s pretty obvious Liam’s lady has plenty to love him for, let’s take a look at why those 1D boys have a special place in all of our hearts too with our One Direction: 100 Reasons Why We LOVE Them gallery.

By Robyn Munson

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