PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Liam Payne and glamorous new fiancée Maya Henry look smitten as they head to singer’s private gig on his 27th birthday
Liam Payne and his glamorous new fiancée Maya Henry looked smitten as they attended a private gig at London’s Tape Nightclub on Saturday, marking the singer’s 27th birthday.
The pair, whose engagement was exclusively revealed by MailOnline last week, looked happy and in love as they held hands, with model Maya, 20, proudly flashing her dazzling £3million diamond engagement ring.
The Strip That Down hitmaker put on a dapper display for his gig, clad in a tailored navy blue suit, white shirt and black tie.
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Newly-engaged: Liam Payne and his glamorous new fiancée Maya Henry looked smitten as they attended a private gig at London’s Tape Nightclub on Saturday, marking the singer’s 27th birthday
Maya exuded glamour as she went braless in a plunging black satin evening gown, which cinched in at her trim waist.
The gown also boasted a daring thigh-high split which revealed her honed legs, with Maya adding height to her statuesque frame with lacy heels.
There it is: Maya proudly flashed her £3million diamond engagement ring from Liam
Her brunette tresses were styled in a sleek updo while her pretty features were enhanced with a radiant palette pf make-up.
Birthday boy Liam looked delighted as he was presented with a birthday cake inside the venue after his in-demand gig.
MailOnline exclusively revealed Liam and Maya were engaged last week, after dating for two years.
Texan-born model Maya was first seen sporting the ring when she enjoyed a romantic meal with her new fiancé at London’s upscale Novikov on Thursday night.
A source at the restaurant told MailOnline that Maya was proudly showing off her engagement ring during the evening.
The couple’s engagement stands in stark contrast to rumours circulating back in February, when sources had claimed that they’d quietly gone their separate ways.
However, a source close to the lovebirds told MailOnline at the time that they were ‘definitely still a couple and are very happy together’.
The friend explained they were taking their romance off social media, adding: ‘Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together.
‘Both have been taking time off social media lately and enjoying each other’s company away from the spotlight.’
Such were their efforts in enjoying their romance in private that the pair weren’t seen in public together for several months, only being spotted this summer.
Happy days: The Strip That Down hitmaker put on a dapper display for his gig, clad in a tailored navy blue suit, white shirt and black tie
Wow: Maya exuded glamour as she went braless in a plunging black satin evening gown, which cinched in at her trim waist
In June, they united in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in London, holding hands and donning black ensembles as they walked among the crowds.
They’ve been seen enjoying romantic meals together and linking arms during strolls through the English capital.
The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam’s high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three.
However, they first set eyes on each other three years earlier, when they were pictured together at a meet-and-greet event when One Direction fan Maya was 15.
Romance: The couple looked loved-up as they held hands and strolled into Liam’s hotly-anticipated gig
Dapper display: The couple were dressed to impress as they stepped out in glamorous outfits
It wasn’t until September 2019 that Liam publicly spoke about his blossoming romance, while promoting his single Stack It Up.
He said during an appearance on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp: ‘We’re fairly happy at the moment. I’m just past the point of where I’m bothered or not.
‘It’s not worth my happiness; I’d just rather go out and do what I want. I’ve got nothing to hide.’
That same month, Liam made things Instagram official, when he took to the image-sharing platform to upload a heartwarming snap of him laughing and hugging Maya.
Captioning the snap, he wrote: ‘Sometimes I don’t recognise this happy guy… sure glad you brought him back though.
Soon to be wed: Liam and his love Maya were stepping out days after the engagement was revealed by MailOnline
Special day: Liam was presented with a gigantic cookie and a cake to celebrate his 27th birthday
‘This has been the most amazing release week to date! Massive thank you to all my team for helping setting it all up and making it run smooth.
‘Then last but not least this one @maya_henry for always keeping the biggest smile on my face through all the stress and making me realise how perfect my life really is. Love you all let’s stack this sh** up.’
Brunette beauty Maya wrote in response: ‘So proud of you and so glad we can be happy together. Stack it up biisshhh.’ [sic]
In October, Liam spoke out about his turbulent love life with MTV News, revealing that ‘many girls’ broke his heart in the past but said Maya ‘completely’ has his back.
Leggy: Maya displayed her honed legs as she layered up in a leather jacket while leaving the venue
Sparkle: Maya displayed her incredible sparkly ring as she left the private gig
‘Honestly with love, I think you don’t really understand it until it gives you that sting, it took a long time for me,’ Liam said.
‘Something really hurt me and it kind of made me appreciate love and people a lot more, for the longest time, living such an exposed life made dating really hard.
‘I’ve found someone who’s genuinely my best friend, she’s just so relaxed about everything and someone who’s completely got your back with everything is just the wildest thing.’
Model Maya is the daughter of Thomas J. Henry – a Texan lawyer who amassed his wealth running his own personal injury firm.
Loved ones: Maya was seen wearing a face mask as she watched Liam cut a slice of his cookie
The company is described on its website as ‘one of the biggest plaintiff’s firms in Texas’, with Maya the heiress to the multi-million pound fortune.
The beauty has still been reaping the benefits of her father’s success during her youth – with her Quinceañera, the Spanish coming of age party at 15 years old, costing a whopping £4million.
Maya slipped into two custom designer dresses for the event, which saw her and 400 other guests treated to a six-tier cake and performances by Pitbull and Nick Jonas, in a venue complete with flower walls and a large fountain.
Parents: Liam’s parents Karen and Geoff were also seen arriving at the singer’s private gig
Fashion forward: Maya looked sensational as she showed off her model figure in the ensemble
Instagram official: Liam made things Instagram official with Maya in September 2018 (left), when he took to the image-sharing platform to upload a heartwarming snap of him laughing and hugging Maya
Despite her privileged background, the beauty is driven to succeed on her own – having revealed her desire to be a human rights lawyer ‘like Amal Clooney’ to the Business Insider.
Not only successful in the classroom, with her favourite subject algebra, the brunette is also interested in fitness, and was a competitive tennis player in her youth.
She even set up her own charity, Maya’s Corner, as a child, which provides school supplies and now education opportunities to underprivileged kids across the US.
Liam’s most high-profile romance was with singer Cheryl, who is 10 years his senior.
Cheryl was 24 when a then 14-year-old Liam first auditioned for the X Factor back in 2008, but despite his tender years, cheeky Liam was full of confidence as he gave his future love a cheeky wink.
Pregnancy: Liam’s most high-profile romance was with singer Cheryl, who is 10 years his senior – the couple dated for two and a half years and welcomed son Bear, now three, before splitting in July 2018 (pictured November 2016)
Cheryl ran in the same circles ever since, with Liam going on to achieve international stardom with bandmates Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik but returning regularly for visits to the show that made him famous.
The pair’s romance is said to have started in December 2015 when they got reacquainted at the X Factor final, which he attended with Harry, Louis and Niall.
Cheryl and Liam went public with their romance in February 2016 after being spotted together in a supermarket in Guildford, Surrey – welcoming son Bear in March 2017.
They went their separate ways in July 2018 following a two and a half year romance.
The pair are said to have remained civil since their split, with the hunk even insisting he would be not sure what he and son Bear would do without single Cheryl in a sweet Mother’s Day post in March 2019.
Whirlwind romance: The couple welcomed Bear in March 2017 but confirmed the end of their romance in July 2018
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