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British singer Liam Payne and his partner Maya Henry pose on the red carpet upon arrival at The Fashion Awards 2019 in London on December 2, 2019. (AFP/Isabel Infantes)
English singer-songwriter Liam Payne is now engaged to American model Maya Henry, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.
A member of boy band One Direction, Payne - who recently turned 27 - reportedly proposed to Henry, 20, during widespread lockdowns in Britain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He had popped the question with a ring that The Daily Mail estimates to be around £3 million (US$4.017 million).
The couple were seen leaving a London restaurant last Thursday with Henry sporting a huge diamond ring on her left hand.
The model, who is the daughter of millionaire Texan lawyer Thomas J. Henry, reportedly first met Payne as a One Direction fan during a meet-and-greet event in 2015, when she was still a teenager.
The two began dating in 2018, soon after Payne split from English singer Cheryl, 37. The former couple met when Cheryl was a judge on reality series The X Factor in 2008 and Payne auditioned for the show.
They have a son Bear, aged three.
Payne confirmed his relationship with Henry in an Instagram post only last year, when he posted their picture and thanked her "for always keeping the biggest smile on (his) face".
Sometimes I don’t recognise this happy guy... sure glad you brought him back though. This has been my most amazing release week to date! Massive thank you to all my team @stevefinan @simonolive73 @jordenpinchen @conorleebutler @adamfkelly @stockersstory for helping setting it all up and making it run smooth @artisthbtl for fuckin with my sound can’t wait to perform it with you. my team on the ground here in nyc @republicrecords for supporting my record and @capitoluk for getting my record together and putting up with my self conscious shit😂 then last but not least this one @maya_henry for always keeping the biggest smile on my face through all the stress and making me realise how perfect my life really is🥰love you all let’s stack this shit up 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Henry has also posted photos of Payne on her Instagram account, with one showing the couple embraced in a kiss.
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