Liam Payne is crowned Attitude's Sexiest Man Of The Year... as he reveals hard partying ways and marriage plans with girlfriend Sophia

With his boy band good looks and great physique it is little wonder Liam Payne has been voted Attitude's Sexiest Man Of The Year. 

The 22-year-old singer was unveiled as the magazine's October cover star after he revealed two smouldering covers on Twitter.

Heartthrob Liam will no doubt set pulses racing in the stunning shoot and his revealing interview, where he spoke of his hard partying lifestyle and settling down with his girlfriend Sophia Smith.

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Sexiest man: Hunky Liam was unveiled as the magazine's October cover star after he revealed two smouldering covers on Twitter

Sexiest man: Hunky Liam was unveiled as the magazine's October cover star after he revealed two smouldering covers on Twitter

Liam was clearly overjoyed after being feted with the accolade, saying: 'It’s a shock but I am very thankful to those who think I deserve this. It’s a great title to have.’

Clearly feeling candid, the What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker explained that for a stint he was drinking heavily but insists it helped him through a dark period.  

He said: 'I’m not afraid to say that I actually went through a pretty bad [drinking] stage. And for that time in my life, that was perfect for me. I mean, you’re away from home and that can get hard. Also there were a lot of things on my mind and that’s what helped me through. 

'Now I’m a lot more focused and I feel good to be out of that zone and be more concentrated. There were a just a few times that I went over the limit with things and then I had to pull it back.’ 

Smouldering: Liam was clearly overjoyed with being feted with the accolade, saying: 'It’s a shock but I am very thankful to those who think I deserve this. It’s a great title to have'

Smouldering: Liam was clearly overjoyed with being feted with the accolade, saying: 'It’s a shock but I am very thankful to those who think I deserve this. It’s a great title to have'

'Can't wait for you all to see the shoot!’: Liam Payne smoulders on the front cover of Attitude magazine just days after he was forced to deny accusations that he was homophobic

'Can't wait for you all to see the shoot!’: Liam Payne smoulders on the front cover of Attitude magazine just days after he was forced to deny accusations that he was homophobic

 As one of the most beloved pop stars on the globe, Liam has a multitude of admirers although he makes it clear he only has eyes for one girl. 

The star will no doubt break hearts when it is announced that he has discussed marriage with his girlfriend of two years, Sophia Smith. 

He says: 'We have talked about marriage, but 22 seems a bit young for us. Sophia needs to go off and do what she wants to do. I don’t want her to be one of those stay-at-home girlfriends who doesn’t really do much.’

On the subject of marriage, Liam, who was accused of making homophobic comments during a gig last month, insists he is all for gay marriage.

He mused: ‘It’s strange to me that countries are still refusing to pass the [gay marriage] law. You can’t live in the past, you have to move with the times.’ 

Heartbreaker: As one of the most beloved pop stars on the globe, Liam has a multitude of admirers although he makes it clear he only has eyes for one girl, Sophia Smith

Heartbreaker: As one of the most beloved pop stars on the globe, Liam has a multitude of admirers although he makes it clear he only has eyes for one girl, Sophia Smith

First ever: His appearance in the iconic magazine will mark the first ever gay press shoot that the One Direction heartthrobs have ever taken part in

First ever: His appearance in the iconic magazine will mark the first ever gay press shoot that the One Direction heartthrobs have ever taken part in

His appearance in the iconic magazine will mark the first ever gay press shoot that the One Direction heartthrobs have ever taken part in.

‘It’s the first solo shoot and interview any of the members of One Direction have done, their first gay press shoot and I think the only magazine promo for their new album,’ a spokesperson for the magazine said.

‘The news that the band are taking a hiatus or splitting up, whichever version you believe, means that this story should be global news and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t become our biggest-selling issue ever.’

Cover guy! His appearance in the iconic magazine will mark the first ever gay press shoot that the One Direction heartthrobs have ever taken part in

Cover guy! His appearance in the iconic magazine will mark the first ever gay press shoot that the One Direction heartthrobs have ever taken part in

Attitude's new cover star: The 22-year-old singer  teased his latest project in a video before unveiling the two covers on Twitter

Attitude's new cover star: The 22-year-old singer teased his latest project in a video before unveiling the two covers on Twitter

Last month, Liam launched a defensive social media rant when he was accused of making a homophobic comment during a concert in Columbus, Ohio.

He apologised to his 20.7M followers for calling out boys in the audience who couldn't relate to dedicating a song to a woman, but insisted that his comments had no homophobic intention.

'lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general,' he said.

'I am in no way shape or form homophobic that's a ridicules thing to say and I'm not here to offend people so take it as you will [sic] 

'So annoying trying your hardest to make people happy in a show and you think about all the notes u tried to hit higher or a little sweeter.’ 

On the defensive: Last month, Liam launched a defensive social media rant when he was accused of making a homophobic comment during a concert in Columbus, Ohio

On the defensive: Last month, Liam launched a defensive social media rant when he was accused of making a homophobic comment during a concert in Columbus, Ohio

Controversy: He apologised to his 20.7M followers for calling out boys in the audience who couldn't relate to dedicating a song to a woman, but insisted that his comments had no homophobic intention

Controversy: He apologised to his 20.7M followers for calling out boys in the audience who couldn't relate to dedicating a song to a woman, but insisted that his comments had no homophobic intention

Audience members recalled Liam saying: 'This is my favorite song off the last album, and it is about trying to find that number one woman of your life - which none of you can relate to, ’cause most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here... you know what I’m talking about.' 

Later he added that the accusations had brought about a c**p end to a good day and joked that he considered it his job to make people smile. 

'And all some people want to concentrate on was a throw away statement about a song that I love,’ he continued. 'Lol this is so insane the more I read I'm like wtf have u ever said something in the wrong way I'm sure every person here has lol. 

'I'm sorry to those I offended really I am but there's no need for some of the things I'm being called' [sic]

Meanwhile, in the magazine's interview Liam will also discuss the pressures of being in the spotlight and how he feels about his LGBT fans as well as One Direction’s future without Zayn.

Attitude's October issue hits news stands on 16 September and the digital edition is available now  

Meanwhile... In the magazine's interview Liam will also discuss the pressures of being in the spotlight and how he feels about his LGBT fans as well as One Direction’s future without Zayn

Meanwhile... In the magazine's interview Liam will also discuss the pressures of being in the spotlight and how he feels about his LGBT fans as well as One Direction’s future without Zayn

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