Liam Payne, 26, and Maya Henry, 20, are ENGAGED! Model is seen showing off dazzling £3million ring

Liam Payne and his girlfriend Maya Henry are engaged after dating for two years, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The former One Direction heartthrob 26, popped the question with a dazzling diamond ring that set him back an eye-watering £3 million. 

Texan-born model Maya, 20, was seen sporting the ring when she enjoyed a romantic meal with her new fiancé at London‘s upscale Novikov on Thursday night. 

She said yes! Liam Payne and his girlfriend Maya Henry are engaged after dating for two years, MailOnline can exclusively reveal (pictured together on Thursday night)

Sparkler: Maya was seen sporting her dazzling diamond ring, worth £3 million

Sparkler: Maya was seen sporting her dazzling diamond ring, worth £3 million

A source at the restaurant told MailOnline that Maya was proudly showing off her engagement ring during the evening.  

The couple looked stylish for their night on the town together, with Maya catching the eye in a deeply plunging black gown.

Standing tall in matching strappy heels, she staved off the chilly night air with a leather jacket, while toting a small black handbag.

Liam showed off his sartorial flair in a patterned gold shirt, which he left unbuttoned enough to display his bare chest and gold medallion.

Teaming his cuffed shirt with a pair of slim-cut black trousers, the singer rounded out his smart ensemble with a pair of brown Chelsea boots. 

News of their engagement has remained under wraps largely because the big proposal took place during lockdown.

Romantic: The couple stepped out for a romantic meal at London's  Novikov on Thursday night

Romantic: The couple stepped out for a romantic meal at London’s  Novikov on Thursday night

Plunging: Maya looked stylish for the occasion, stepping out in a deeply plunging black gown

Layered: She staved off the chilly night air with a leather jacket, while toting a small black handbag

Plunging: Maya looked stylish for the occasion, stepping out in a deeply plunging black gown

Star attraction: All eyes were on the couple as they made their way out of the popular eatery

Star attraction: All eyes were on the couple as they made their way out of the popular eatery

Dazzling display: A source at the restaurant told MailOnline that Maya was proudly showing off her engagement ring during the evening

Dazzling display: A source at the restaurant told MailOnline that Maya was proudly showing off her engagement ring during the evening 

The couple’s engagement stands in stark contrast to rumours circulating back in February, when sources had claimed that they’d quietly gone their separate ways.

However, a source close to the lovebirds told MailOnline at the time that they were ‘definitely still a couple and are very happy together’.

The friend explained they were taking their romance off social media, adding: ‘Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together.

‘Both have been taking time off social media lately and enjoying each other’s company away from the spotlight.’

Leading the way: Liam led the way as he held his fiancée's hand following their romantic meal

Leading the way: Liam led the way as he held his fiancée’s hand following their romantic meal

Together forever: The couple's joyous news stands in stark contrast to rumours circulating back in February, when sources had claimed that they'd quietly gone their separate ways

Low-key: The pair had rarely been seen out in public together at the time the rumours first arose

Together forever: The couple’s joyous news stands in stark contrast to rumours circulating back in February, when sources had claimed that they’d quietly gone their separate ways

Solidarity: In June, they united in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in London, holding hands and donning black ensembles as they walked among the crowds

Solidarity: In June, they united in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in London, holding hands and donning black ensembles as they walked among the crowds

Close: They stayed close to one another as they made their way to their chauffeur-driven car

Close: They stayed close to one another as they made their way to their chauffeur-driven car

Such were their efforts in enjoying their romance in private that the pair weren’t seen in public together for several months, only being spotted this summer.

In June, they united in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in London, holding hands and donning black ensembles as they walked among the crowds.

They’ve been seen enjoying romantic meals together and linking arms during strolls through the English capital. 

The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam’s high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three.

Family man: The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam's high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three (pictured together in 2016)

Family man: The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam’s high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three (pictured together in 2016)

Instagram official: Liam made things Instagram official, when he took to the image-sharing platform to upload a heartwarming snap of him laughing and hugging Maya

Instagram official: Liam made things Instagram official, when he took to the image-sharing platform to upload a heartwarming snap of him laughing and hugging Maya 

Love: Amid split rumours earlier this year, a friend explained they were taking their romance off social media, adding, 'Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together'

Love: Amid split rumours earlier this year, a friend explained they were taking their romance off social media, adding, ‘Maya and Liam are definitely still a couple and are very happy together’ 

However, they first set eyes on each other three years earlier, when they were pictured together at a meet-and-greet event when One Direction fan Maya was 15. 

It wasn’t until September 2019 that Liam publicly spoke about his blossoming romance, while promoting his single Stack It Up.

He said during an appearance on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp: ‘We’re fairly happy at the moment. I’m just past the point of where I’m bothered or not.

‘It’s not worth my happiness; I’d just rather go out and do what I want. I’ve got nothing to hide.’ 

Golden boy: Liam, 26, caught the eye in a gold satin shirt, which he teamed with black trousers

Golden boy: Liam, 26, caught the eye in a gold satin shirt, which he teamed with black trousers

Linked: The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam's high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three

First meeting: However, they first set eyes on each other three years earlier, when they were pictured together at a meet-and-greet event when One Direction fan Maya was 15

Linked: The pair were first linked back in August 2018 shortly after Liam’s high-profile split from Cheryl, 37, with whom he shares son Bear, three

Display: Maya kept her ring on prominent display as she toted a small black leather handbag

Display: Maya kept her ring on prominent display as she toted a small black leather handbag

The first? The news could make Liam the first of the One Direction boys to walk down the aisle

The first? The news could make Liam the first of the One Direction boys to walk down the aisle

That same month, Liam made things Instagram official, when he took to the image-sharing platform to upload a heartwarming snap of him laughing and hugging Maya.

Captioning the snap, he wrote: ‘Sometimes I don’t recognise this happy guy… sure glad you brought him back though.

‘This has been the most amazing release week to date! Massive thank you to all my team for helping setting it all up and making it run smooth.

‘Then last but not least this one @maya_henry for always keeping the biggest smile on my face through all the stress and making me realise how perfect my life really is. Love you all let’s stack this sh** up.’

Brunette beauty Maya wrote in response: ‘So proud of you and so glad we can be happy together. Stack it up biisshhh.’ [sic] 

Ten: This year is special for Liam as it marks a decade since he shot to fame with One Direction

Ten: This year is special for Liam as it marks a decade since he shot to fame with One Direction

Quiet: They kept their engagement news quiet, as Liam popped the question during lockdown

Quiet: They kept their engagement news quiet, as Liam popped the question during lockdown

Dapper gent: Liam cut a dapper figure as he enjoyed his night on the town with his belle

Dapper gent: Liam cut a dapper figure as he enjoyed his night on the town with his belle

Glamorous life: The lovebirds were ferried to the eatery in the back of a chauffeur-driven car

Glamorous life: The lovebirds were ferried to the eatery in the back of a chauffeur-driven car

In September 2019, fans also saw Liam attempt to get hold of his girlfriend via public Instagram comments, after his Whatsapp messages failed to deliver.

Maya had posted a drooling and fire emoji on a shirtless photo of Liam on Instagram to which Liam responded: ‘thank you baby…my messages won’t go through on your WhatsApp.’ 

Fans were quick to air their speculation as to why the star couldn’t get hold of his girlfriend, with some saying he was blocked, while others hailed them as a cute couple, with further fans urging Maya to check her WhatsApp.   

The pair have been inseparable since making their relationship public in September of last year, but have kept things decidedly low-key.

The one: In October, Liam spoke out about his turbulent love life with MTV News , revealing that 'many girls' broke his heart in the past but said Maya 'completely' has his back

The one: In October, Liam spoke out about his turbulent love life with MTV News , revealing that ‘many girls’ broke his heart in the past but said Maya ‘completely’ has his back

In October, Liam spoke out about his turbulent love life with MTV News, revealing that ‘many girls’ broke his heart in the past but said Maya ‘completely’ has his back.

‘Honestly with love, I think you don’t really understand it until it gives you that sting, it took a long time for me,’ Liam said.

‘Something really hurt me and it kind of made me appreciate love and people a lot more, for the longest time, living such an exposed life made dating really hard.

‘I’ve found someone who’s genuinely my best friend, she’s just so relaxed about everything and someone who’s completely got your back with everything is just the wildest thing.’

Model Maya is the daughter of Thomas J. Henry – a Texan lawyer who amassed his wealth running his own personal injury firm.

Just the two of us: The pair have been inseparable since making their relationship public in September of last year, but have kept things decidedly low-key

Elated: Liam looked elated as he enjoyed his night out with his new fiancée

Just the two of us: The pair have been inseparable since making their relationship public in September of last year, but have kept things decidedly low-key

The company is described on its website as ‘one of the biggest plaintiff’s firms in Texas’, with Maya the heiress to the multi-million pound fortune. 

The beauty has still been reaping the benefits of her father’s success during her youth – with her Quinceañera, the Spanish coming of age party at 15 years old, costing a whopping £4million.  

Maya slipped into two custom designer dresses for the event, which saw her and 400 other guests treated to a six-tier cake and performances by Pitbull and Nick Jonas, in a venue complete with flower walls and a large fountain. 

Despite her privileged background, the beauty is driven to succeed on her own – having revealed her desire to be a human rights lawyer ‘like Amal Clooney’ to the Business Insider.  

Not only successful in the classroom, with her favourite subject algebra, the brunette is also interested in fitness, and was a competitive tennis player in her youth.

Strip that down: In September 2019, fans also saw Liam attempt to get hold of his girlfriend via public Instagram comments, after his Whatsapp messages failed to deliver

Strip that down: In September 2019, fans also saw Liam attempt to get hold of his girlfriend via public Instagram comments, after his Whatsapp messages failed to deliver

Contact: Maya had posted a drooling and fire emoji on a shirtless photo of Liam on Instagram to which Liam responded: 'thank you baby¿my messages won't go through on your WhatsApp'

Contact: Maya had posted a drooling and fire emoji on a shirtless photo of Liam on Instagram to which Liam responded: ‘thank you baby…my messages won’t go through on your WhatsApp’

She even set up her own charity, Maya’s Corner, as a child, which provides school supplies and now education opportunities to underprivileged kids across the US.    

Liam’s most high-profile romance was with singer Cheryl, who is 10 years his senior. 

Cheryl was 24 when a then 14-year-old Liam first auditioned for the X Factor back in 2008, but despite his tender years, cheeky Liam was full of confidence as he gave his future love a cheeky wink.   

In a clip of their first meeting, Cheryl calls the musician ‘really cute,’ some seven years before they struck up their relationship.

Liam and Cheryl came initially face-to-face two years before he returned to the show as a solo singer in 2010 and was one of the finalists chosen form one fifth of the boyband 1D.

In the clip, Cheryl is seen turning to the panel with a nod of the head and raised eyebrows as her future beau sings Fly Me To The Moon, before Liam looks at her and accompanies the lyrics ‘In other words, baby kiss me’ with a confident wink.  

First meeting: Liam's most high profile romance was with singer Cheryl, who is 10 years his senior. They first crossed paths on the X Factor in 2008 when she was 24 and he was 14

Wink: Cheryl told a teenage Liam that she thought he was 'really cute' when he winked at her during his 2008 audition, seven years before their professional relationship turned to something more

First meeting: Liam’s most high profile romance was with singer Cheryl, who is 10 years his senior. They first crossed paths on the X Factor in 2008 when she was 24 and he was 14

Seemingly impressed by his potential when he first sang for the judges, Cheryl’s feedback gushed: ‘I think you’re really cute, I think you’ve got charisma, you know you give us that little cheeky wink.’  

Liam reached the Boot Camp stage of the competition, before being kicked out of the competition by Boys’ category mentor Simon just ahead of the Live Shows.   

During Cheryl’s third stint on the singing competition, in 2010, a familiar face returned, this time as a 16-year-old Liam, who wowed the judges with his performance of Julie London’s Cry Me A River.

Pregnancy: The pair's romance is said to have started in December 2015 when they got reacquainted at the X Factor final, with Cheryl debuting her baby bump with son Bear in November the next year

Pregnancy: The pair’s romance is said to have started in December 2015 when they got reacquainted at the X Factor final, with Cheryl debuting her baby bump with son Bear in November the next year

After listening to his first-round audition that year, Cheryl gushed again: ‘You’ve definitely got it, whatever “it” is, you’ve got it. I thought your voice was really, really powerful.’

Cheryl ran in the same circles ever since, with Liam going on to achieve international stardom with bandmates Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik but returning regularly for visits to the show that made him famous.  

The pair’s romance is said to have started in December 2015 when they got reacquainted at the X Factor final, which he attended with Harry, Louis and Niall. 

Cheryl and Liam went public with their romance in February 2016 after being spotted together in a supermarket in Guildford, Surrey – welcoming son Bear in March 2017.

They went their separate ways in July 2018 following a two and a half year romance.

The pair are said to have remained civil since their split, with the hunk even insisting he would be not sure what he and son Bear would do without single Cheryl in a sweet Mother’s Day post in March 2019. 

Whirlwind romance: The couple welcomed Bear in March 2017 but confirmed the end of their romance in July 2018

Whirlwind romance: The couple welcomed Bear in March 2017 but confirmed the end of their romance in July 2018

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