Liam Payne and Sophia Smith have most likely broken up, according to insiders — and they say Liam would appreciate fans to keep from “speculating” about their break up.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, insiders have been filling in the gaps for Liam Payne fans lately — mainly because Liam has given them plenty to worry about.
In addition to getting sick (and no one was reporting what kind of sickness), Liam also sent some mysterious tweets during a time when One Direction canceled their first show in five years — because of his alleged illness.
While Liam Payne is asking fans to let him keep things private about his relationship with Sophia Smith — the fans and media can hardly help themselves.
For example, some media sources want to remind others that denials that Liam Payne and Sophia have broken up actually come from a fake Instagram account from Sophia Smith.
The Metro reports on October 25, “An Instagram picture showing Liam Payne and Sophia Smith enjoying ice cream and asking everyone to ‘stop the rumors’ appeared to show that the pair had not split and One Direction fans everywhere felt like they could breathe a sigh of relief.”
Sadly, the real Sophia Smith has had her social media accounts set to private for many months — and insiders say she recently deleted all of her Liam Payne photos online, according to a separate report from the Metro.
Another issue that forces the media to speculate about Liam Payne and Sophia Smith is that none of the insider sources leaking about their break up to the press seem to be able to get the timing right.
For example, some sources think that the break up was around the time that Liam Payne cancelled the Belfast concert. UnReality TV reports on October 25, “It’s been rumored recently that … Liam Payne has split from … Sophia Smith, and that it was his upset over the breakup that saw him ‘unable’ to go onstage in Belfast this week …”
Others speculate that they broke up after October 20 — and the incident that canceled the show in Belfast was actually a physical ailment or a pre-breakup argument. For instance, the Daily Mail reports the following on October 25.
“Liam Payne has split from girlfriend Sophia Smith … The news of the singer’s breakup comes just days after One Direction were forced to cancel one of their live shows in Belfast due to him falling ill. A source close to [Liam Payne] confirmed to MailOnline: ‘Liam and Sophia have split.'”
Either way, the Mirror reports on October 25 that insiders stress Liam Payne is “incredibly sad, but is going to keep busy. [Liam Payne] really hopes that everybody will respect both his and Sophia’s privacy and stop speculating.”
Unfortunately, this has been a big year for good-byes for Liam Payne and One Direction. Starting the 2015 1D breakup landslide was Louis Tomlinson and Eleanor Calder in March, Niall Horan broke it off with Melissa Whitelaw around June 1, and Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards broke up around mid-July.
Will fans have the same poor reaction to the official news (if it comes) of Liam Payne and Sophia Smith’s break up that they did when Zayn Malik left One Direction?
Fans of Zayn Malik were reportedly calling in sick to work and school around March 24 in droves in the U.K. The Metro reported on March 26, “Zayn Malik quitting One Direction sends U.K. employers into crisis as hundreds of workers demand compassionate leave.”
On Twitter, there are a few signs that any official news that Sophia Smith and Liam Payne have actually broken up could spell disaster for some fans.
In particular, one fan tweets on October 25, “If this is true then I don’t believe in Love anymore …”
As if the potential rumor of Liam Payne and Sophia Smith breaking up couldn’t be any sadder — it is. On October 17, J-14 tweeted that Liam Payne and Sophia Smith were being nominated for “Teen Icon Couple” in their annual poll.
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