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Fatherhood, music, life—Liam Payne is figuring it all out.
At just 25 years old, the performer has seemingly lived an entire lifetime already after skyrocketing to international stardom nearly a decade ago as one fifth of One Direction. Amid the boy band's indefinite hiatus, the singer has ventured down his own solo lane with a slate of singles and an extended play. Despite his success, it doesn't sound like the star has completely found his style just yet.
"'Strip That Down' was amazing and I was really happy with the success of it—but it didn't necessarily paint the right picture of me and who I actually am," he told Esquire Middle East in a new interview for the June 2019 issue. "I always found, to start off with, that with a lot of the chains and the clothes and the fashion, I was kind of hiding behind something. We did a billion streams for 'Strip That Down' but it still all gets a bit heady and at a certain point you're like: 'what the f--k am I doing here?' It's a bit like being stuck out in deep water and you're just going 'well, it would be really nice to get back now.'"