Liam Payne was a member of One Direction -- alongside Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- from its inception on "The X Factor" in 2010 until its split in 2016. After, Payne began producing music and started to pursue a solo career. The English singer released the single "Strip that down" in May 2017. He released his first solo studio album, "LP1" in December 2019. Payne turns 30 on Tuesday. Here's a look back at his career through the years.
Left to right, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles, of One Direction, perform on the NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Center in New York City on March 12, 2012. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
One Direction hold their awards that they won for Most Share-Worthy Video and Best Pop Video backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 6, 2012. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI