The singer, 27, has had his personal life make headlines as much as his professional life over the years.
The Strip That Down star confesses he is still getting used to being reminded of ‘mistakes’ from when he was growing up as one fifth of one of the biggest boybands on the planet.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think something I’ve had to realise is that growing up publicly means all the teenage mistakes you make follow you around for a lot longer than if you weren’t in the public eye.’
is set to take on a new challenge at the Baftas this weekend, putting on a virtual performance for nominees and fans tuning in from home.
And grow up he has, from getting engaged to girlfriend Maya Henry to welcoming son Bear with ex-girlfriend Cheryl.
The star says being a dad is ‘full of surprises’ and nothing could prepare him for how he would feel about his four-year-old.
‘I think it’s a journey that a lot of people assume they will go on but I don’t think the enormity of it all hits until you’re in it,’ he said.
‘It’s impossible to prepare someone for just how much you’ll love that small person or the responsibility you will feel as soon as they are born. And of course, Bear is his own person – so he’s full of surprises.
‘That’s one of the best things about being a Dad – watching their little personalities grow and seeing who they are becoming.’
Liam is set to take on a new challenge this weekend, performing a real-time augmented reality (AR) version of one of his hit songs that fans can enjoy wherever they are in the world.
He will sing in real-time via The Round app before hitting the stage in person at the ceremony where – thanks to a cool bit of technology wizardry – he will sing alongside an AR version of himself created with a motion-capture suit.
So how does he feel about there being two Liams on stage?
‘Hopefully my avatar won’t pull any moves to upstage me!’ he joked.
‘I’m really excited! It’s obviously a first for me so I’m really looking forward to seeing what it will look like and what all my fans think of it.’
Of course there’s his own music to look forward to as well and while he didn’t give much away, there will ‘definitely be personal elements to it’.
It has been taking shape in lockdown as the singer tries to stay creative at home, but revealed it hasn’t always been easy.
‘It’s one of my absolute favourite parts of being an artist, being able to connect with a room full of people while I perform. I’ve really missed not being able to get up on stage this past year,’ Liam told us.
‘Luckily, we are living in a world of incredible technology so I’ve found lots of other ways to connect with my fans and perform, but I can’t wait to be able to safely play shows in real life again.’
Liam Payne is performing an exclusive EE BAFTA AR real-time music performance, ahead of his 5G-powered opening show at the 2021 EE BAFTA Film Awards. Download ‘The Round’ app to enjoy the live AR experience through your mobile phone, wherever you are, this Sunday 11th April 2021 at 18:45pm BST.
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