One Direction’s Liam Payne, 19, is adjusting to life without a steady girlfriend since his September 2012 breakup from Danielle Peazer, the 24-year-old dancer who dated Payne for two years. And helping him through the devastating breakup is One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, 20, who recently told Cosmopolitan’s ‘U.K. edition: “Liam used to be very sensible, but I’ve corrupted him a bit.” Payne and Tomlinson have gotten close and have been hanging out with each other since arriving in New York City on November 11, 2012.
And what have they been doing since arriving in the Big Apple? Playing paintball, visiting toy stores, checking out high-tech gadgets at an Apple store and hanging out at restaurant T.G.I.Fridays. (For people outside the United States who don’t what T.G.I.Fridays is, it’s a chain of inexpensive restaurants that serves American food. In New York City, most people who go to T.G.I.Fridays are families and tourists.)
The paparazzi website Stupid Famous People has been following One Direction while the group is in New York City to promote One Direction’s second album, “Take Me Home.” Here are some of the Payne/Tomlinson outings on November 12, 2012, that the website has captured on video:
Payne and Tomlinson visited NYC Paintball & Recreation to play some paintball.
Then they stopped at the two biggest toy stores in Manhattan: Toys R Us in Times Square and FAO Schwarz near Columbus Circle. The two friends were sen playing with Nerf guns at Toys R Us.
After that, they had dinner at T.G.I.Fridays.
After dinner, Payne and Tomlinson went to the Apple retail store in midtown Manhattan to check out some high-tech gadgets.
Tomlinson and One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, used to be each other’s best friends, but their relationship changed in 2012. The two pals are still close, but Styles now considers BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, 27, his best friend. Paparazzi photos show that since the summer of 2012, Styles has been spending most of his days and nights with Grimshaw when Styles is in London. Styles and Tomlinson, who used to be roommates, each bought houses worth millions in 2012, but the two friends don’t hang out with each other in their free time as much as they used to in 2011 and 2010, when they met as contestants on “The X factor” U.K.
Sources say that Styles and Tomlinson drifted apart due to their different lifestyles: Styles is still a big party animal who loves to go to trendy nightclubs and parties (something that Grimshaw loves to do too), while Tomlinson has become more of a homebody. Styles and Tomlinson have also been dogged by rumors that they are or were secret lovers, and Tomlinson has said in interviews that those are false rumors that have affected his friendship with Styles.
On Twitter and in interviews, Tomlinson has adamantly denied that he is gay, and he says that his relationship with his 20-year-old girlfriend Eleanor Calder is a real, committed and monogamous romance. Tomlinson has publicly blasted fans who continue to insist that he and Styles are lovers.