Liam was born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. His parents are Geoff and Karen Payne. He has two older sisters, Nicola and Ruth. Liam was born three weeks early, and as a result he had a lot of health problems. He spent the first four years of his life in and out of the hospital having regular tests done. Doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional. To help cope with the pain, he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child. In 2012 Liam found out and that his kidney was functioning again. Liam originally auditioned in 2008 for The X Factor in the fifth series when he was 14. "We can be a bit immature at times, but I’m known as the more mature one."