Liam Payne has declared himself “free” of One Direction” with his debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’.
The 23-year-old hunk dropped the song on Friday (19.05.17) and the lyrics see him seemingly take a swipe at his bandmates – Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – on the track by stating he is relieved they are on hiatus.
He sings: “I used to be in 1D now I’m out free/ People want me for one thing but that’s not me.”
Liam – whose girlfriend Cheryl gave birth to their baby son Bear in March – has also admitted he is not a fan of Harry’s new music, but he does like Niall’s singer/songwriter style.
In an interview with Music Choice, he confessed: “Harry’s song I heard, and I’ll be honest with you … it’s not my sort of music. It’s not something I’d listen to.
“Niall had ‘Slow Hands’ out and he had ‘This Town’, which is great, and Niall’s gone down the singer-songwriter route, which is really cool.”
Liam says he has “come a long way” since One Direction.
Speaking of his new single, he said: “I’ve been working hard in the studio for over a year and I’m really excited to share this new music with my amazing fans. I’ve come a long way since our One Direction debut and I hope everyone likes my new sound as much as I do. 2017 has been a big year for me already and I’m looking forward to what the rest of it will bring.”