One Direction's Liam Payne insists he's no longer the Gary Barlow of the group.

Liam is often described as the sensible and mature member of the band but he insists that he has shaken off the likeness to the Take That star.

Liam told The Sun, "Let's just say I haven't been keeping up the Gary Barlow persona, I've let loose."

He continued, "It's a new dawn for Liam. I'm having a laugh now. I've let loose in the sense that I haven't got that much to worry about any more."

Liam recently confirmed that he is dating Sophia Smith, a girl he went to school with.