One Direction: Liam Payne opens up on what he wanted to do before X Factor success

Liam Payne reveals 'there's more to come from One Direction'

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After One Direction came to an end Payne took some time off. The star previously spoke candidly about struggling with alcohol abuse after the band split, telling the BBC: “There were a couple of very dark years of me going through extreme peril with different mental health things. I just didn’t know where I was going to end up.”

Two years on and Payne is better than ever. He has worked hard to cultivate his own solo career and made plenty of appearances on TV and radio throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

On his most recent venture, the FIFA Sounds Play On Podcast, Payne revealed where he would have ended up if he never auditioned on The X Factor in 2009.

The Strip That Down singer auditioned when he was just 16-years-old and was subsequently partnered up with the rest of his band, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

If he didn’t find fame and fortune, though, Payne admitted: “I feel like when I was growing up I wanted to be an archaeologist at one point.”

The singer went on to add that it wasn’t so much the profession that attracted him to the job, but pop culture.

He continued: “I thought it was going to be a bit like Indiana Jones.

“But, it’s probably not like that every day is it? Like using a toothbrush to dig up old bones.”

Despite wanting to be just like Harrison Ford, Payne found great success in his career since the end of 1D. His first single Strip That Down sold more than 11.5 units worldwide.

But the singer has revealed he didn’t know if he would like his son, Bear, to follow in his footsteps.

Liam Payne discusses possibility of One Direction reunion

Payne revealed: “Bear loves music which kind of scares the crap out of me. This job’s a bit scary.

“It’s not that I don’t want it for him. I’ll support him whatever he wants to do. But at the same time, the amount of stuff that comes with it, you really have to be in it.

“So as a parent, you’re like this is a little bit scary mate. I don’t know.”

Despite his reservations to allow his child to join the industry, Payne has also revealed how he misses his former bandmates.

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The band split up in 2015 after going on an “indefinite hiatus”.

During a recent virtual live gig, Payne said: “In rehearsals today I found it hard to sing the songs without the boys.

“It is a struggle, but it brings back so many memories. You’ve got to love it.”

The band all being back together may not be a memory for too long following the latest odds on the band reuniting this year.

Leading bookmaker Ladbrokes currently places One Direction getting back together in 2021 at a strong 1/4.

Although the band’s reunion is likely this year, Malik is not included in the latest odds to rejoin.

Instead, he has just 8/11 on being involved in the reunion in some way.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati commented: “The 1D lads may have all gone off and done thier own thing, but a reunion wouldn’t quite feel right without all five members, and the latest odds suggest that’s exactly what Directioners may get.”


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