Congratulations are in order for the former One Direction star and his girlfriend, Maya Henry as the two is now reportedly engaged. The celebrity couple is set to tie the knots and walk down the aisle after almost two years of dating one another and we are so excited!
This news comes shortly after the 20-year-old model was spotted wearing a huge diamond engagement ring on ‘THAT’ finger while she was out on dinner at London’s Novikov restaurant with Liam on Thursday, August 27th. A source told that “They looked so smitten during the meal and it was hard to miss Maya’s ring- it’s a real dazzler.” The ring is reported to be worth $4 million. “They couldn’t stop smiling. It’s clear they’re so deeply in love.”
Just before the two sparked rumors, Liam confirmed his split with long term girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, with whom he shares a son with. Liam took to Twitter at that time and wrote to his fans, “Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”
After the split, the ‘Strip That Down’ singer has been romantically involved with the Texan model Maya Henry. But who is she? How did they meet? If you are thinking the same then don’t worry because we’ve got you covered guys! Here are a complete timeline and everything you need to know about the two love birds.
It turns out that Liam’s current girlfriend is actually a big One direction fan herself! The model is definitely living the dream of every 1D fan by dating one of its members. Maya Henry met the boys back in 2015 at a ‘meet and greet’ and the pictures from that event are now floating the internet.
Surprisingly, years later the two were rumored to be romantically involved. Liam Payne and Maya Henry were first spotted spending some quality time together back in 2018, August. But later he was spotted packing on the PDA with model Cairo Dwek just a few weeks later, so everyone just assumed that they are no more an item and their relationship had come to an end.
One year later, the couple was spotted and photographed holding hands in August 2019, leaving a night club in London which seemingly confirmed their relationship. According to a source close to the couple, it was revealed that Liam and Henry have been dating were actually together for a while before this. However, the pop-star and the brunette beauty wanted to keep their growing relationship a secret and out of the spotlight until they knew that it was a ‘real deal’.
“Liam and Maya have been together for several months now. He is besotted and they get on very well…. He wanted to wait before they started going public. He is close to Cheryl and, out of respect to her, only wanted to go public with a girlfriend when he knew it was right.” A source told The Sun at that time.
The One direction alum made their relationship ‘Instagram Official’ in September 2019 as he wrote, “Sometimes I don’t recognize this happy guy…sure glad you brought him back though.” While promoting the new song he further thanked Maya by writing, “ (thank you) @maya_henry for always keeping a smile the biggest smile on my face through all the stress and making me realize how perfect my life really is.” How sweet!
The 1D star was also asked about his current relationship during an interview with KISS FM UK to which he responded saying, “I am yeah. I am. I am very lucky. She is really great. I’m very happy right now.” When the radio host asked if it’s hard to date while being in a spotlight, he told “No it’s kind of got to the point with my life, where it’s like, screw this. It’s not worth my happiness.”
“If someone is going to take a picture, someone is going to do something.” Liam continued. “The difference is with her, she’s so relaxed that it helps me relax in a situation, rather than being somewhere, and talk about who is watching and what’s going on. People are going to watch whatever.”
Liam also talked about the relationship with Capital FM saying, “We’re fairly happy at the moment. I’m just past the point of where I’m bothered or not. It’s not worth my happiness; I’d just rather go out and do what I want. I’ve got nothing to hide.”
In September 2019, the love birds were also spotted holding hands at London’s Heathrow Airport. An eyewitness told E! News at the time, “They looked every bit the happy new couple as they made their way through the airport. They were holding hands and giggling as they headed to the car. He looks incredibly happy!”
Maya Henry confirmed that their relationship is still going stop in October 2019 when she shared this adorable picture to her Instagram profile which the brunette beauty caption, “Kissypooo”.
The love birds took a major step back in November 2019 when the 1D star flew all the way to Texas to meet the model’s family. The couple and the family spent the entire holiday together in her state home and seemed to have a pretty great time.
The celebrity couple made their first Red Carpet appearance together when they attended the British Fashion Awards in December 2019. Liam Payne looked super dashing in his navy blue suit while his girlfriend looked gorgeous in mint green and purple mermaid gown. The couple looked glamorous yet cozy as they posed for some adorable snaps together.
There were some speculations that the couple has broken up when a source told The Sun that, “Things between Liam and Maya had been rocky recently and they eventually decided to call it a day.” The insider continued, “He was extremely busy at the end of the year and when he eventually stopped, they were able to re-evaluate exactly what they want. They decided to go their separate ways but he isn’t moping and wants to put it behind him. He has been telling people he is single and is looking to the future.”
The news was incorrect as they didn’t split up! A source told Daily Mail, “Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together. Both been taking time off social media lately and enjoying each other’s company away from the spotlight.”
Maya Henry later cleared the rumors of their split by posting the singer’s hand on her Instagram story which ended the speculations that they have apparently called it quits. Later the couple was also spotted while protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Just after the news of their engagement broke out, Maya wished his beau Liam Payne a happy birthday via her Instagram story by writing, “Happy Birthday My Love @LIAMPAYNE” as they shared a montage of adorable pictures with him. The couple is yet to comment on the engagement news but we are very excited for the future updates.
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