Liam Payne has revealed he has been sober for over 100 days, and has been recording a new album. The former One Direction star was interviewed ringside with iFL TV at an influencer boxing match at Wembley Arena on 13 May and said: “I’m sober now, over 100 days. I feel amazing, I feel really really good and the support from the fans has been really really good, so I’m super happy.”
The news of his sobriety came at the same time as the singer said he’s been recording an album and a tour might be on the cards. “I definitely want to tour this time which is unusual because I wasn’t sure I was going to tour for a long time. I was kind of over it for a little bit, but I’m really excited to get back out on the road and go and see all the fans and get about a bit. It’s going to be fun.” And these weren’t the only revelations of the night. Payne spoke to a separate ringside interviewer and hinted at a One Direction reunion. “We’ve just made a new group chat. That’s something,” he said.
Payne has previously opened up about issues with alcohol and substance abuse while in the band, telling “The Diary of a CEO” podcast host Stephen Bartlett in 2021: “I was worried how far my rock bottom was going to be. Where’s rock bottom for me? And you would never have seen it. I’m very good at hiding it.”
He also addressed his past in a candidly emotional Instagram post, which has since been deleted, after watching bandmate Louis Tomlinson’s film “All of Those Voices”. “I know you know this but you were part of a small group of people that literally saved my life, you dragged me out of something so dark I’ve never shared it but your approach is something I admire and aspire to so I can one day do the same,” he wrote.
Now, the dad-of-one appears to have turned over a new leaf. He is taking part in this year’s Soccer Aid, is back recording, his health has taken priority, and he might just be in the right headspace for reconnecting with Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik. Either way, Payne’s future is looking bright.