Liam Payne met his new gf at 1D meet and greet when she was 15
Liam and Maya are rumoured to have enjoyed a date in London this month (Picture: Instagram/ Rex)

It appears Liam Payne and his recent love interest Maya Henry were acquainted years ago.

Old photos have emerged of what appears to be Liam, 24, meeting Maya, 18, backstage at a number of One Direction concerts in 2015.

Perhaps their romance was always written in the stars?

Several One Direction fan accounts on Twitter, including 1DAsiaCrew, shared photos of Liam and Maya posing for photos together.

In one snap, Maya, an American Instagram model, and a friend are pictured with Liam and his 1D bandmates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on 3 September 2015 at the groups On the Road Again tour in Buffalo, New York City.

Although it wasnt the first time Maya had met the band – two months earlier on 28 July, the model had taken one photo with Harry and Niall and a separate shot with Liam following the bands show at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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Lucky girl!

Liam is reported to have met Maya at a Dolce & Gabbana dinner in Tremezzo, Lake Como earlier in July. The pair are later said to have enjoyed a dinner date at the Bulgari hotel in London.

A source recently told The Sun that while Liam and Maya have gone on dates together, he isnt in a rush to get into a new relationship following his split from Cheryl.

The insider told the newspaper: Liam is simply focusing on work at the moment, and above all else obviously his main priority is Bear.

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However, Liam was later romantically linked to model Cairo Dwek after they were spotted on a cosy lunch date in Italy.

The pop star announced his split from Cheryl in July after more than two years together. The former couple are parents to one-year-old son Bear and are now said to be co-parenting.

Maya is a popular Instagram model and boasts over 80,000 followers. She is the daughter of Thomas J Henry, a Texan owner of a personal injury law firm.

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