LIAM Payne fans claim to have spotted a clue that showed he had split from fiancée Maya Henry days before it was publicly announced.
The singer revealed the shock news during a podcast interview with new Dragons' Den star Steven Bartlett.
During the chat Liam said he was annoyed with himself and "disappointed I keep hurting people".
The former couple had managed to do a good job of keeping the separation under wraps, but Liam's apparent desire for a new pet seemed to suggest he was no longer looking after Winston, the dog he gifted Maya for Christmas.
After digesting the bombshell split, one fan reflected on a recent Instagram post by the singer.
They wrote: "S**t that explains why he said 'what's that dog? I want one' when my arse was asking 'where's Winston' *cries*."
The analysis prompted another Twitter user to burst into tears as realisation set in.
In the interview, the One Direction singer, 27, referred to 21-year-old Maya as his "partner at the time of lockdown".
Host Steven then clarified: "Does this mean…"
Liam replied: "I am indeed."
Further pushing for confirmation, Steve asked directly: "You're single?"
Liam simply replied: "Yeah."
Elsewhere, the hunk said on The Diary Of A CEO podcast that he has been sober from alcohol for over a month.
The star proposed to Maya with a £3million diamond ring in August 2020 after two years of dating.
He and the Texan-born beauty were first linked in August 2018 – shortly after Liam split from Cheryl, who he shares four-year-old son Bear with.
It was previously revealed that he and Maya first met when she was a 15-year-old One Direction fan who'd attended a meet-and-greet event.
As a new dad, Liam took the romance slowly and did not address his relationship status until September of the following year, where he appeared to defend their first encounter as he told Capital FM's 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, he made the relationship Instagram official with a sweet snap of himself and Maya laughing together.
He gushed in the caption at the time: "Sometimes I don’t recognise this happy guy… Sure glad you brought him back though."
In February 2020, The Sun revealed that he and Maya had split but they quickly got back together as the world was plunged into lockdown.
In addition to Cheryl, Liam has previously dated influencer Sophia Smith, dancer Danielle Peazer, and supermodel Naomi Campbell.
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