Published On: Thu, Mar 4th, 2021

One Direction Liam Payne: ‘Robbie Williams gave me advice on going solo’ | Music | Entertainment

One Direction split in 2015 following the exit of Zayn Malik. Since then, each of the members have gone on to create strong solo careers, with Harry Styles leading the charge as a multi-platinum-selling artist with his second album Fine Line. Payne has also enjoyed some success during his career, with hits including Strip That Down and Bedroom Floor hitting the top 20 in the UK charts.

Payne recently appeared on the FIFA Sound PlayOn Podcast where he opened up about receiving some help from British legend Robbie Williams.

He said: “We had this really interesting chat recently about coming out of a boyband and then going solo, it’s great having somebody there who’s been through all of those things.

“It’s funny that with decades between us nothing in the music industry as far as pitfalls and things that can go wrong have changed.

“They’re all the same. So he’s always been quite a big influence to me.”

READ MORE: One Direction: Liam Payne on what he wanted to do before X Factor

Malik is not tipped to make a return alongside Styles, Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, however.

Odds on Malik making a comeback currently sit at 8/11.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes added: “The 1D lads may have all gone off and done their own thing, but a reunion wouldn’t quite feel right without all five members, and the latest odds suggest that’s exactly what Directioners may get.”

In the meantime Payne has been reminiscing about what kind of job he wanted before he joined The X Factor.

Payne first appeared on The X Factor in 2009 as a solo artist, before he was placed in One Direction by Simon Cowell.

Speaking on the same podcast, Payne said: “I feel like when I was growing up I wanted to be an archaeologist at one point.

“I thought it was going to be a bit like Indiana Jones, but it’s probably not like that every day is it? Like using a toothbrush to dig up old bones.”

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