One Direction star Liam Payne has confirmed that he is dating his old school friend Sophia Smith.

The 19-year-old boybander, who split from long-term girlfriend Danielle Peazer earlier this year, has recently embarked on a relationship with Smith, who he has known since they both attended St Peter's Collegiate School in his hometown of Wolverhampton.

Payne confirmed the new romance to Yahoo! omg! at the press conference for the band's new movie This is Us on Monday (August 19), saying "Yep it's new" when asked if he had a girlfriend.

The singer reportedly flew Smith to Los Angeles earlier this month so they could spend time together when One Direction was performing a series of gigs there.