LIAM Payne proposed to his fiancee Maya Henry with a ring which is an heirloom from her family.

The former One Direction star and model Maya went public with their engagement on Thursday evening when they were photographed at upmarket London restaurant Novikov where she flashed the bling.

Online rumours suggested he had forked out as much as £3million for the ring but The Sun can reveal the ring was one of his grandmother’s prized possessions which he had remodelled for Maya.

A source close to the Strip That Down singer said: “Liam is absolutely smitten with Maya and living together in lockdown made him realise she is absolutely the one for him.

“He was determined to make it the perfect proposal so instead of shelling out a fortune on a ring that didn’t mean anything, he proposed using one which is cherished in her family.

“It meant so much to Maya and she was over the moon. It’s been remodelled for her and is extremely special.”

But fans shouldn’t expect to see them skipping down the aisle anytime soon.

The source added: “They’re in no rush to tie the knot but Liam wanted to show his commitment by proposing now.

“He knows they will be together forever so they are going to take their time in organising a wedding. They don’t have any plans for it yet.”

It’s quite the whirlwind for Liam who was first introduced to Maya at a meet and greet during 1D’s final US tour in 2015.

He went on to have a two-year relationship with singer Cheryl Tweedy, who is the mother of his son Bear, until 2018.

Liam then reconnected with Maya and despite splitting up after a few months, got back together last summer.

The Texan model is the daughter of a big-shot lawyer who spent an estimated £4.5million on her 15th birthday party in 2016, which Nick Jonas and Pitbull performed at.

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