Popular Peazer, whose connection to the 1D singer has brought her over 1.3 million followers on Twitter, met Payne when she was a dancer on The X Factor in 2010.

“It was getting impossible to keep it going. They were apart so much and everything that was being said to Danielle on Twitter was getting to her,” a showbiz source told The Sun’s Bizarre column.

Another showbiz ‘source’ told The Mirror “They have split in the last few days because it has been more and more difficult to keep the relationship going with Liam spending more and more time away.”

“He has hardly been able to see Danielle in recent months and the band have a world tour next year so it was only going to get harder.”

Liam told The Sun last week ““Danielle’s got over a million followers on Twitter, it’s just crazy. She’s been getting stopped in the street.”

“They seem to have settled to the idea now, but every so often she gets death threats and stuff and she doesn’t need that. Danielle’s not the most confident person in the world and really takes note of what people say.”

The pair were last seen together in public at Payne’s 19th birthday party in August at the Funky Buddha nightclub in London.

Payne was interviewed on Radio 1 yesterday on DJ Nick Grimshaw’s new breakfast show.