Liam James Payne, born 29 August 1993 (age 20), is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. Born three weeks early to mother Karen and father Geoff, he has two older sisters, Ruth and Nicola. Payne first auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor’s fifth series when he was fourteen. He made it to the judges’ houses, but Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years. Liam is a member of the British-Irish boyband, One Direction. He is currently dating Sophia Smith.