Liam Payne and Jade Thirlwall look unrecognisable in X Factor throwback before ‘glow up’


LIAM Payne and Jade Thirlwall look utterly unrecognisable in throwback snaps of them backstage on The X Factor in 2008 – long before their celebrity makeovers.

The now-famous pair are seen in two jaw-dropping pictures from their time on the show back when she was 15 and he was 14.


Jade and Liam appear side by side in a grainy throwback picture from 2008[/caption]

In one shot of them sitting side by side at a meal shows a teenage Jade with a short bob and a pink cardigan while Liam grins at the camera in a jaunty black bowler hat.

In another, it’s Liam who’s rocking the cardigan, posing with a Justin Bieber-esque hairstyle and his arm draped around Jade’s shoulder.

Jade impressed the judges on 2008’s fifth series of the show, despite Louis Walsh calling her “unusual”, and she made it to Bootcamp.

Meanwhile, Liam crashed out at the Judges’ Houses stage after being ordered home by Simon Cowell.

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The pair in 2011, after receiving their pop star makeovers[/caption]


Another old snap shows the pair hanging out together on The X Factor[/caption]

However, Liam, now 25, did get to meet his future girlfriend Cheryl, who was on The X Factor’s judging panel at the time.

As we know, both he and Jade returned as part of manufactured groups – with Liam joining One Direction and Jade becoming part of Little Mix.

They were then catapulted into super-stardom – and given the obligatory makeovers and ‘glow ups’ that come with it.

Jade’s look transformed into something far racier, with skimpy outfits and big hair the order of the day.

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Liam and Jade reunited on The X Factor in 2011[/caption]

As for Liam, he was never seen in a bowler hat again – and went on to achieve the perfect boy band styling.

As one fan tweeted: “Jade Thirlwall and Liam Payne got the best glow up in history and no one can convince me otherwise.”

We’re not going to disagree.

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These days Liam is dressed very differently[/caption]

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And Jade looks very different too[/caption]



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