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Fans think Liam Payne hinted at Maya Henry split just last week

Liam Payne praises girlfriend for being able to handle her stardom
Maya Henry and Liam Payne have called time on their romance (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BFC/Getty Images)

Some of Liam Payne’s fans think he hinted at his split from Maya Henry just last week.

The former One Direction singer and the model have called it quits on their romance after two years of dating, and the 27-year-old star confirmed they ended their engagement during lockdown.

Now, a few of his avid supporters have insisted there was one big clue in a seemingly innocuous remark he made about a dog on social media days before the news was revealed.

The Strip That Down hitmaker admitted he was pining for a new pup, which confused fans who knew he’d given this then-fiancée a pet pooch called Winston at Christmas.

After the breakup was revealed, his followers realised he was longing for a dog because he wasn’t with his partner or canine pal anymore.

One fan tweeted: ‘S**t that explains why he said “what’s that dog? I want one” when I was asking “where’s Winston” *cries* (sic)’

Another added: “Yeah, did nobody else find this really obvious? Wasn’t it strange the way he was always alone and the dog was nowhere to be seen? I’m not one bit surprised. I saw it coming to be honest.’

Liam Payne and Maya Henry
Some fans think the signs were already there (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)

Chatting to new Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett on his YouTube series, Diary of a CEO, Liam opened up on his relationship status with the 21-year-old model.

When asked if he was single, he clarified: ‘I am indeed’, explaining they ended things in lockdown.

Lifting the lid on their relationship, he told the host: ‘I feel like more than anything at this point, I’m more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people. That annoys me. I’ve just not been very good at relationships.

‘And I know what my pattern of things is with relationships, I feel at this point. I’m just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else.’

‘That’s where I got to in my last relationship,’ the dad-of-one continued. ‘I just wasn’t giving a very good version of me anymore, that I didn’t appreciate and I didn’t like being. I can honestly say I feel better out of it.

‘I didn’t feel good doing what I did but it had to happen. Just a corny way to say it was the best for us both.’

Liam has remained tight-lipped over what exactly led to their engagement ending, simply adding: ‘I hope she’s happy.’

The pair were first linked in August 2018 and went public with their relationship the following year, looking loved-up on red carpets.

He got down on one knee in 2020, with the former lovebirds announcing their engagement after two years of dating – with Maya flashing a huge diamond on her ring finger thought to be worth £3million.

Liam previously dated Cheryl for two years, and shares son Bear Grey Payne with the Fight For This Love singer.

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