Liam Payne started his day bright and early on Tuesday (May 15) to help kick f Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series in New York's Central Park with J Balvin. Along with a high-energy performance his fiery collaboration with Balvin, “Familiar,” and his own hit “Strip That Down,” Payne had some exciting things to share with fans.
Before even hitting the stage, Payne and Balvin chatted with a reporter about how they met (over a Salt Bae dinner, naturally), their brotherly relationship, and their upcoming respective albums. With Balvin's latest LP on the way just 10 days after their GMA appearance on May 25, Payne seemingly felt like it was the right time to share some exciting news about his debut album.
“It is out on the 14th September, I can tell you that much,” Payne revealed. “I'm really happy with it, it's come out really nice.”
He didn't disclose the album title or who will be featured on it, but did share that the stars he's teamed up with already — Quavo, Zedd and Balvin — are just the beginning. “I’ve got a good mix beautiful people on my album, which is amazing.”
Later, when Payne and Balvin were talking with GMA's Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan between performances, the former One Direction star continued the buzzworthy chatter. When Roberts asked about Payne's return to music after his group's hiatus, he hinted that his solo album doesn't mean the end 1D.
“I’m sure there’s time for that to come back around. And the more success we have on our own, the more success we’re going to have together in the future,” he said to excited cheers from the crowd. “We’re like The Avengers — if you want Spiderman to sort something out, he sorts it out. But then The Hulk will go, 'Well I’ll sort this out.' It’s one those things.”
Watch Payne and Balvin's interviews below.
“I don't think 'Strip That Down' or 'Bedroom Floor would be appropriate.” — @LiamPayne & @JBALVIN dish on what they might perform for Meghan Markle's wedding if they were performing! #RoyalWedding #LIAMonGMA #JBALVINonGMA pic.twitter.com/TU8zSOfk04
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 15, 2018
— @LiamPayne and @JBALVIN being interviewed ahead their #GMA performance – 15/5 (part3) pic.twitter.com/47nyeMJszC
— The Daily Payne (@RealDailyPayne2) May 15, 2018