One Direction's Liam Payne CONFIRMS he's in a relationship with new girlfriend Sophia Smith


One Direction's Liam Payne has EXCLUSIVELY confirmed to Yahoo! omg! that he has a new girlfriend - childhood friend Sophia Smith.

One fifth of the biggest boyband on the planet was rumoured to have struck up a romance with his old school chum.

And this afternoon at the junket for the band's new movie This Is Us, Liam confessed to us that he is indeed in a new relationship.

In a fun game (that we've got on video for you to see very soon) we asked the boys which of them is the flirtiest, to which Louis Tomlinson replied: "I'm not because I've got a girlfriend."

Liam then added: "And me".

omg!, who were a little surprised by his certainty (in our minds we were going WHAAAAT), asked: "You've got a girlfriend?" to which he replied: "Yep it's new".

At this point Zayn Malik added: "And I've got a really lovely girl as well". Yes we know Little Mix's Perrie Edwards is gorgeous and all that but we need to focus on Liam right now!

Back to the case in point as we have MORE evidence.

Leaving the room we just so happened to bump into Liam on the way to the toilets where we asked him: "what's this about your new girlfriend".

He said: "Yes yes I do. she's sitting right over there. It's not been long."

So Sophia is such a good GIRLFRIEND of his that she is actually attending his work duties now - yep.

Sophia Smith went to school with Liam Payne and is rumoured to have turned him down 22 times!

The gorgeous brunette - yes we clocked her in person and she's super stunning - attended St. Peter’s Collegiate in Wolverhampton with Liam back in the days before the band were even a twinkle in X Factor's eye.

And according to the Mail Online the 1D singer is so smitten with his new girl that he jetted her across the Atlantic to see her when the band were performing in Los Angeles last week.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: "Liam has really fallen for her. It’s getting very serious, very fast." Apparently Liam likes the fact that she knew him before he was famous.