Liam Payne 'unrecognisable' in lockdown transformation

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne has shocked fans after revealing his lockdown transformation.

The Strip That Down singer took to his Instagram to make an announcement to fans about his news show, however people just couldn’t stop talking about his new full beard.

One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson pose for a photo after performing on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York.
One Direction star Liam Payne has had a lockdown transformation. Photo: AAP

In fact, many were so stunned by his new lustrous locks that they compared the former One Directioner to Jesus.

“LOOK AT THAT HAIR BROTHER!!!!!!” one fan said on Instagram, while another quipped: “Liam Jesus Payne.”

“He look like Jesus ahahaha I love u Payno,” said one follower, while another jokingly asked: “Is he Liam Payne or Jesus Christ?”

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 Liam Payne attends Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2019  at The O2 Arena on December 07, 2019 in London, England.
The singer took fans by surprise with his new look. Photo: Getty Images
Liam Payne with a beard
Fans couldn't get over Liam's beard. Photo: Instagram/Liam Payne

Another fan said that the star was “giving low key Jesus vibes”.

Jesus-like or not, Payne’s lockdown look definitely got the thumbs up from his army of devoted followers.

“Liam you are making 2021 a good year already,” one person enthused on Instagram, while others said they loved his fresh image.

“Sir your hair is so gorgeous,” gushed another, while one said he looked “amazing”.

Payne, 27, has previously spoken out about how the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on him, sharing last year that it has meant time away from his son Bear.

The singer is co-parenting the three-year-old with his former flame Cheryl.

Opening up about it in an interview with Tings magazine late last year, he said: “[Lockdown] it's the longest I haven't seen him in his life.

“But we discussed from the start and for different reasons, me and Cheryl decided I should be away for a little bit, it's not unusual for me to be in and out of his life.”

Cheryl and Liam Payne attending the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Cheryl and Liam Payne (Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)

Payne and Cheryl, 37, started dating in 2016 and they welcomed Bear - the first child for each of them - the following year, before splitting in 2018.

Liam also recently discussed how his former bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, has been helping him through lockdown.

"I’ve been struggling with it a little bit, Louis has definitely been there for me over the past couple of weeks, so I gotta say thank-you,” he shared with Capital FM.

With extra reporting by Julia Hunt

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