Liam James Payne,[112] born (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 19), is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.[95] Born three weeks early to mother Karen and father Geoff,[95][113] he has two older sisters, Ruth and Nicola.[98] U

Liam James Payne

ntil the age of four, Payne had regular tests done in hospital as doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional.[113] To help cope with the pain, he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child.[113] As a student, Payne was heavily involved in sports.[99] Payne was bullied in secondary school and took up boxing lessons at the age of twelve.[99] He was a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College.[114]

Payne had once performed in front of a 26,000 crowd at a Wolverhampton Wanderers' football match.[5][6] Payne first auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor's fifth series when he was fourteen.[114] He made it to the judges' houses, but Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years.[114] Payne cites Justin Timberlake as one of his biggest influences.[115] He also said that he draws inspiration from Take That member Gary Barlow when performing.[115]

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