Now that Leona Lewis has admitted that she’s dating Liam Payne of One Direction, things seem to be heating up between them, since there is now a report that Payne is planning a romantic trip with Lewis. According to The Sun, Payne has been going to his regular gym (Virgin Active in London) more often to add more muscle tone to his body before he goes on the trip.
Payne, 19, and Lewis, 27, began dating in September 2012, but so far they have been very careful to avoid the paparazzi on their dates. They were both discovered on “The X Factor” U.K. and were both mentored by “X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell when he was a judge on the show. Lewis was the show’s winner in 2006, while One Direction came in third place in 2010. Cowell signed Lewis and One Direction to his Syco Music, the record company that he co-owns with Sony Music. One Direction and Lewis are also represented by London-based Modest! Management.
An unnamed regular at Virgin Active told The Sun about Payne’s recent activities at the gym: “He’s been down a lot more lately and has started asking some of the lads for tips and pointers. He said he’ll be taking his new girlfriend away when he gets the chance and wants to be fit. He’s a naturally slim lad but if he keeps following the tips he’s been given, he’ll have that six pack in no time.”
Payne has been saying in interviews that he’s “single,” but if this report is true, he is now privately referring to Lewis as his girlfriend.
Before Payne dated Lewis, he was in a two-year relationship with 24-year-old dancer Danielle Peazer, whom he met when they were on “The X Factor” U.K.
Payne and Peazer had lived together for less than year when they broke up in September 2012. Although neither has publicly commented on why they broke up, several sources have said it was due to Payne’s demanding work schedule and the harassment that Peazer would experience from jealous One Direction fans. Insiders say that Peazer was the one who dumped Payne, and she wants to have a more private life than what she had when she was dating Payne.
A busy work schedule is also said to be the reason why Lewis split from 23-year-old dancer Dennis Jauch, who dated Lewis for two years. Their relationship ended around the same time that Payne and Peazer’s relationship ended.
For years, Payne has been saying in interviews that Lewis has been his biggest celebrity crush.
Before One Direction came along, Lewis was the biggest worldwide star to emerge from “The X Factor.”
Lewis and One Direction also have new albums out in 2012. Lewis’ third album, “Glassheart,” was released in Europe in October 2012. “Glassheart: debuted at No. 3 in the U.K. (The North American release date for “Glassheart” is to be announced.) One Direction’s second album, “Take Me Home,” was released worldwide in November 2012, and it has debuted at No. 1 in several countries.
Payne recently launched his own YouTube channel, but don’t expect Lewis to be in any videos on the channel. When she’s dating someone, she doesn’t like to make a big show out of the relationship by do things such as walking the red carpet with her boyfriend or posting photos and videos on the Internet of herself with her boyfriend. Payne will no doubt respect Lewis’ preference in how she likes to keep her love life private.
UPDATE: On November 26, 2012, Payne went on Twitter to deny that he and Lewis are dating. Click here for more details.