One Direction star Liam Payne shows support for Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust after meeting South Shields fan in Newcastle

Former One Direction star Liam Payne was pictured wearing a wristband in a tribute to South Shields couple.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 3:29 pm
Updated Monday, 9th December 2019, 2:01 pm
One Direction star Liam Payne with Abbey McGuire from South Shields at his signing event in Newcastle.

Student Abbey McGuire, from South Shields - a school friend of Chloe Rutherford - met Liam Payne at the event in HMV in Eldon Square, Newcastle on Friday, December 6.

The singer - and famous ex of Cheryl Cole - was in the city promoting the release of his debut solo album LP1 which came out on the same day.

Abbey, 20, grew up with Chloe, who was killed in the Manchester arena attack in May 2017, alongside her boyfriend Liam Curry.

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Liam Payne wearing the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust wristband.

Abbey, who attended Harton Academy with the teenager, said Chloe was big fan of the band and would have “loved the thought” of Liam Payne knowing who she was.

The wristband raises awareness of the work of the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust, which was set up in memory of the couple and helps young people achieve their dreams in sport and performance.

“I just knew I had to give him a wristband,” said the Newcastle University student.

“Chloe was a big One Direction fan so I know she would have loved the thought of them knowing her.

Liam Payne wearing the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust wristband at his singing event in Newcastle.

“Me and Chloe took media together and used to make One Direction posters in class whenever we were allowed.”

Abbey continued: “It’s important to spread the word about the Trust and the incredible work they do. They created something so incredible and inspiring out of the loss of Chloe and Liam and it deserves to be recognised, so any support to get the word out there is amazing.”

Since launching his solo career in 2017 Liam Payne, who found fame on the X Factor, has had hits such as Strip That Down.

He joins celebrities such as Ed Sheeran who have previously backed the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “We find it amazing that when people get the chance to meet their idols they think of Chloe and Liam and get photos with our wristband on.

“We have over thirty celebrity pictures with our wristbands on, which massively helps raising awareness of the trust.”