He is the son of Karen, a nursery nurse, and Geoff Payne, a fitter. Payne was born three weeks early, getting ill frequently.
Until the age of four, Payne had regular tests done in hospital as doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional.
In August 2014, Payne created and became director of Hampton Music Limited, a publishing company under which his solo projects will appear.
Payne appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine after being awarded the Sexiest Man of the Year, marking the first and only solo cover and interview by a member of One Direction and furthering speculation of Payne's solo career.
"The person who has inspired me most is Pharrell Williams who I worked with a while back.
I got talking to his producer recently and asked him what Pharrell was like when he was younger, and he said to me that when he was my age he couldn’t press a note on a keyboard.
Payne has worked with other producers under the monikers "Big Payno" and "Payno" creating remixes for songs by his band and singer Cheryl.
Their third album Midnight Memories was released in 2013, followed by their fourth album Four in 2014 and Made in the A. In the original song lead vocalist Brendan Brown performs a segment in a "female voice" which, in One Direction's rendition of the song Payne covered in falsetto.
This garnered praise from Brown, who commented, "You can do my girl part anytime." Payne is also credited with writing Cole's "I Won't Break", off her album Only Human.
Payne made his debut as a singer when he auditioned for the British television series The X Factor in 2008.
After being eliminated as a solo performer, he auditioned again in 2010 and was put into a group with four other contestants to form One Direction.
So, some slow jams, there's a couple of dance songs on there, with some R&B stuff.