Sophia Smith is a British fashion graduate and model who is best known as the former girlfriend of popular boy band One Direction’s singer and songwriter, Liam Payne. The two dated for over two years since May 2013 and broke up in October 2015. Since being publicly introduced as his girlfriend during the ‘This Is Us’ press conference in August 2013, she has accompanied him to numerous media events. It was confirmed by Liam that the song ‘Illusion’, from the band’s fourth album ‘Four’, was based on his relationship with her. Another song, ‘Wolves’, from their next album ‘Made in the A.M.’, which was co-written by him with fellow band-mate Niall, was also written keeping her in mind and talked about protecting one's girlfriend from sleazy men in a club. In the music video of the song 'Night Changes’, he can be seen holding her hand as he pulls her toward a fair ride. The 2015 Great Gatsby Ball for Trekstock was planned by Sophia and her university friends and was hosted by Liam, who was an ambassador for the charity. In February 2015, they celebrated her 21st birthday together in Australia with a custom cake featuring a replica of their dogs.
Rise to Stardom
Sophia Smith rose to fame after the news of her relationship with One Direction band member Liam Payne was made public in August 2013. That month, he had flown her to the US to join him on their ‘Take Me Home Tour’. Later that month, during the ‘This Is Us’ press conference, he officially confirmed that he was not single anymore, pointing out to her and mentioning that it has not been too long. On August 20, 2013, they made their first public appearance together at the ‘This Is Us’ London premiere. It immediately created a media sensation and made her a celebrity in no time.
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Controversies & Scandals
After Sophia Smith started dating Liam Payne, frustrated fan-girls accused her of using him for his fame and money. Responding to such rumors, she mentioned in a post how much she loved him and how upset she was to hear such accusations. Another rumor circulated in tabloids in the early days was that she had rejected Liam 22 times before accepting his proposal. However, it has been confirmed from various sources, including Liam himself, that it is not true. After Liam started dating Cheryl, 'Now Magazine' published an interview with her in which she described his new relationship as 'weird'. However, she and her friends claimed that the interview was fabricated.
Sophia Smith was born on February 9, 1994 in Wolverhampton, England. She has an older sister named Zoe. She attended St. Peter's Collegiate School in Wolverhampton and later enrolled into Birmingham City University to study fashion business and promotion. She completed her graduation in July 2016. After she passed her driving test in late 2013, her then-boyfriend, Liam, gifted her a white Range Rover for Christmas. She has a dog named Ralph which was a Christmas present from him the following year.
Relationship with Liam
Sophia Smith first met Liam Payne while both of them were studying at St. Peter's Collegiate School, in Wolverhampton, England. However, while he had taken her number from her sister and began chatting, they did not go out together at the time as he thought "she was way too hot" for him. They were reintroduced while attending common friend Andy Samuel’s birthday party in February 2013. They finally began dating in May that year and he officially introduced her as his girlfriend in August 2013 at a press conference in London. About a year later, rumors of their break up started to spread for the first time in April 2014, but it was confirmed to be wrong as Liam denied the rumors. They were subsequently spotted shopping together in Birmingham in May. She later joined him on his ‘Where We Are Tour’ and also attended his band-mate Louis Tomlinson’s mother’s wedding together. They were seen together at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2014. She was in the audience with his parents and two sisters during One Direction’s final U.S. concert. He also tagged her in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The news of their breakup was first published by 'People Magazine' in October 2015. Reportedly, she had decided to end their relationship, due to which he suffered from depression for a long time. Even after their breakup, she remained close with her friends connected to 1D band, like Eleanor Calder, Lou Teasdale, and Lottie Tomlinson.
Liam later started dating English singer Cheryl and welcomed a baby boy in March 2017. Following the birth of his child, she revealed that they were still cordial and she had sent him a congratulatory message.