Liam Payne has finally unleashed his debut solo single “Strip That Down” and the lyrics are breaking the hearts of One Direction fans everywhere.
Liam is the last band member to go it alone though we can forgive him for the delay, what with becoming a new dad to baby Bear with Cheryl.
But fans were not expecting him to dig 1D in the song, especially the many who remain adamant that the band’s “hiatus” will not last forever.
“You know I used to be in 1D, now I’m out, free,” the 23-year-old digs at one point, sparking a flood of sobbing emojis on Twitter. Those really are the lyrics, too, as the lyric video dropped alongside the tune.
— jem (@sigariIyo) May 19, 2017
ugly dancing to #stripthatdown with occasional eye squinting when he sings "you know I used to be in 1d, but now I'm out free"
— arabella's got some interstellar gator skin boots (@twoghostsinIove) May 19, 2017
— arianka pianka (@ariankapianka) May 17, 2017
Omg I'm laughing 🤣 #STRIPTHATDOWN dayummmmm Liam!
"You know I used to be in 1D
(Now I'm out free)"
So no 1D reunion I guess 🤣
— lauren – busy (@luvisalluneed4) May 17, 2017
— tommy❁ (@Insomniac_v) May 17, 2017
Liam has teamed up with rapper Quavo for the boppy but decidedly cliched club banger, co-written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac (which explains the “Shape Of You” tinge to it).
His former bandmates Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and first deserter Zayn Malik have already released solo material, and his solo album is expected at some point later this year after he signed with Capitol Records last summer.
There remains a glimmer of hope that we haven’t seen the last of 1D, however, as Liam’s latest interview with The Sun sees him promise the band will “get back together at a certain point”.
“I never wanted it to be taken in a negative light,” he says of the lyric. “First off I thought hiatus was some sort of religious thing so when they said hiatus I thought we were all going to turn into monks or something.
“But I actually think the hiatus works out best for everyone because we all get to explore our music. We have to come back as a whole, it’s like the Avengers, you shout and we all come running, that’s what happens.”
Enough messing with our emotions, pal.