One Direction's Liam Payne: I Almost Quit Singing

Kate Stephens

Liam Payne talking into his microphone while wearing a checked shirt
Liam Payne almost gave up his singing career altogether

One Direction's Liam Payne has revealed that he almost quit his singing career after a bad experience at a gig three years ago.

Can you imagine One Direction without Liam? The very thought sends shivers down our spine! He told The Sun: "There's one awful gig that always sticks in my mind. I filled in for Lee Ryan doing The Sunshine Festival in Rhyl. It was raining.

"Me and my dad travelled from Wolverhampton. I played for ten people for £50. That had to be my worst gig - that was the last straw. I was like, 'I'm not doing this any more, dad, I don't want to.'

"I'd have been turning 16. It was the day after my birthday. It was just terrible."

The gig came shortly after Liam's first failed attempt at The X Factor in 2008. Thank goodness he decided to pick himself up and give it another go. It certainly paid off... Read 100 reasons why we LOVE One Direction by clicking here, or scroll down to check out our gallery. RM