Liam Payne Poses Shirtless for 'Rollacoaster' Magazine, Talks Trump Kicking 1D Out of Hotel
Harry's not the only one who leaves his shirt on the floor for photo shoots. Fellow former One Direction bandmate Liam Payne also dropped top for a cover story in Rollacoaster magazine, in which the 23-year-old talked about his one weird encounter with President Trump, and his dad's reaction when 1D crashed and burned in the X Factor finals years ago.
The Trump story -- which, surprisingly, the President has not tweeted about to date -- is the long-whispered-about story of him kicking the band out of one of his hotels. "You wouldn’t believe it," Payne attests. "It was about [meeting] his daughter. He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said, ‘Well, wake them up,’ and I was like, ‘no,’ and then he wouldn’t let us use the underground garage. Obviously in New York we can’t really go outside. New York is ruthless for us. So he was like, ‘OK, then I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had to leave."
In the magazine cover story, "No Payne, No Gain" -- which hits newsstands on June 8 -- Payne also discusses how he turned to his dad and made a "we made it this far" face when the then-new group came in third in 2010 behind Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle on The X Factor. His bandmates were in "pieces," he says, with first Harry, then Louis, then Niall and finally Zayn bursting into tears.
"A cameraman came over and said ‘can I get you boys for an interview?’ and I looked at all the boys crying, in their mums' arms and I was like, ‘Look, I’ll do the interview,’ because I was the only one who was all right, and so I went off to the side and did the after-camera interview for us," he recalls. "I just left them because I wanted them to have their moment and the cameras didn’t need to see them like that."
Liam also has high praise for his girlfriend, singer Cheryl Cole, saying he's living his "dream life" now and there really are no complaints. "In a non-cliché way, it’s weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream. You wake up in the most beautiful places. Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world and she’s absolutely amazing," he he raves. "She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace."
"She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things, someone who’s taken greater steps than me," he continues. "Her solo career was amazing. She’s been in the industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me. We’re super happy. It’s a very personal, precious time for us."
There's much more going coming up for Payne as well, with a Migos collaboration expected to drop any day now. The rap trio's Quavo announced the news during an interview with UK radio personality Tim Westwood recently, saying, "I just came from a video today. My boy Liam from One Direction. We just shot that. Crazy vid. Crazy visuals. Crazy team. Cool guy, nice guy. It’s goin’ up."