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For the first two years of One Direction, Liam Payne was seen as the quiet, responsible member of the band whose personal life stayed firmly out of the headlines.

In fact, his relationship with dancer Danielle Peazer, 24, was considered so strong that fans initially refused to believe it when news broke last month that the couple had split. 

So how has he coped with his private life becoming so public?

‘I’ve been trying to deal with it in private,’ Liam tells Now’s Dan Wootton.

‘I’m not so much worried about me – whatever happens I’ll live and deal with it.

‘I’m more concerned about Danielle because I don’t want people harassing her for any reason.

‘Obviously she’s got a lot on her mind without people saying things on the internet or going to her doorstep.

‘She doesn’t need that right now.

‘I’ve asked for people to stay away from her as much as possible so she can deal with things.

‘That, for me, is the only thing to worry about.

‘I wanted it to be nicer on her.’

Read Dan Wootton‘s full interview with Liam Payne in Now magazine dated 29 October – out now!

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