Liam Payne pens heartfelt tribute to pal Louis Tomlinson who ‘saved his life’

Liam Payne has penned a heartfelt tribute to former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson, saying he “saved his life.”

In a lengthy Instagram post, Liam revealed that he was not himself during the One Direction days and aims to be a better friend in the future to his fellow bandmate.

In anticipation of Tomlinson's new documentary film, All of Those Voices, the duo had a small reunion at the UK premiere of the movie on March 16, where they were seen laughing together.

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Payne attended the London premiere with his girlfriend Kate Cassidy and was left reminiscing about his boyband days and the difficulties they faced together.

In the touching tribute, Payne wrote, "My neck hurts from how much I'm looking up to you right now. You were already my friend and brother, but getting to look through that window into your world and mind just extends that respect I have for you."

The documentary made him confront the way he personally dealt with fame and treated those around him.

Liam expressed his regret, saying” "I'm so sorry I was so out of my mind, and I didn't do better for you. I feel ashamed in those moments to not be as good of a friend as you have been to me. At least I have time now, and I'm me again, so will try and make amends."

He went on to thank Louis for “saving his life", penning: “I’m so thankful to have you in my life mate I feel so lucky and I know you know this but you were part of a small group of people that literally saved my life, you dragged me out of something so dark I’ve never shared it but your approach is something I admire and aspire to so I can one day do the same.”

Payne has previously discussed his struggles with mental health while in the band, revealing that he turned to alcohol and substance abuse while in One Direction alongside Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik.

All of Those Voices follows Tomlinson during One Direction's split and his subsequent solo career.

Tomlinson's personal life was rocked by the death of his mother Johannah in December 2016 from leukaemia and his younger sister Félicité who died from an accidental overdose in March 2019.

The Doc will be released in cinemas worldwide on 22 March.


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