Liam Payne and Justin Bieber Have Had a Secret Buddy System for Years

Having support is key.

It's no secret that Justin Bieber has experienced some personal challenges during his years in the limelight, with his bad-boy antics often overshadowing his music. But even though he's a solo artist, Justin never faced the tough times alone. Along the way he's had a secret source of support from another huge pop star: One Direction's Liam Payne.

In excerpts of a Rollacoaster magazine interview obtained by The Sun, Liam said he suggested a buddy system to Justin the very first time they met. "I said to him, 'Take my number and any time you want a chat, let me know as I'm here and I understand exactly what you're going through and I understand your world,'" Liam recalled.

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Liam said he personally benefitted from having bandmates by his side — and wanted to give Justin that same sense of extended family.

"I said, 'Look, the difference between me and you is I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to.' He didn't have that. He needs somebody like that and in that position," Liam explained.

What followed was a friendship in which Liam and Justin frequently confided in one another about their "chaotic lives."

"He's a great guy — inside there's a really good heart," Liam said.

How about Justin just becomes the honorary fifth member of 1D when they inevitably reunite in a year or two? That's definitely what Liam is hinting at, right?

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