Liam Payne has confessed that he and Cheryl Tweedy secretly split weeks before they announced their relationship had ended – despite putting a brave face on things and pretending everything was fine.
The 24-year-old singer, whose single First Time dropped today, admitted things weren’t all right at home before their official split confirmation in early July.
"I’m feeling OK, I’m a bit fragile at times. No I’m alright you know, it’s been OK. Obviously there’s a lot of stuff I’ve still got to sort out with my life but…" he tells Kat Shoob on the Official Vodafone Big Top 40 this Sunday.
Dad of one Liam, who shares toddler son Bear with Cheryl, said the hardest part of the split was when it all went public.
"I mean that bit of it is difficult and you’re tryna like, you break up and like obviously we’ve broken up and then it was like a couple of days or a couple of weeks before we actually like put the announcement out, and that’s the bit when it really hits home.
"It’s like breaking up twice like, we already did this once and now I’m having to go through all of that again," he added.
The heartbroken star said it was "weird" detailing the break-down of their romance to strangers, saying: "I have to tell like, people I don’t even really know.
"Not the fans so much because it feels like you’re talking to the magazine or the newspaper or whatever and I have nothing against any of these people but like it is a bit like, weird sometimes."
He added that he "didn’t really expect" them to split up – despite saying in March that they were "having struggles" in a surprisingly candid interview.
"Yeah I mean, it’s difficult. I think sometimes people need to remember that behind all those statements and things there are actually people who are going through the same sort of stuff that you go through, whether they’re famous, rich or whatever they are, it doesn’t really matter."
Since becoming a single pringle, Liam’s wasted no time in getting cosy with a bevy of beauties.
As Mirror Online exclusively revealed earlier this month, Liam moved on quickly to Instagram model Cairo Dwek after they met in Medusa restaurant and cabaret club in Cannes, and Liam immediately began following her on social media.
He was spotted liking her pictures, fanning rumours he was ready to dive head-first into another romance.
Our source said at the time: "It’s obvious that Liam saw her that night and now he’s trying to get her attention. He’d never followed any girl when he was with Cheryl ."
Snapchat videos from the night also showed Liam trying to impress 20-year-old Cairo with his dance moves, with her glance over at him every so often.
And his hard work paid off, as just days later the two were spotted holding hands during a romantic weekend break in Lake Como.
To hear more from Liam Payne, tune into The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, on Sunday from 4pm – 7pm, on air and on digital radio across 120 radio stations and online at bigtop40.com .
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