Expectant father Liam Payne is understood to have had a close shave while at a club in California. The One Direction star, 23, is in Los Angeles where he is lying down some tracks ahead of the birth of his first baby with singer Cheryl.

According to reports, he was clubbing at the Peppermint Club in Hollywood on Saturday when a shooting took place. A gunman is said to have tried to get into the club, using a fake ID, and fired a gun following an altercation with security, before running away.

Liam stayed in the club for around 30 minutes longer, before deciding to head off. After, the incident, clubbers took to social media to talk about how the shooting had shaken them. One said it was the scariest moment of their life, while another said they were shaking.

Solo tracks

One Direction star Liam is currently in California working on his soon to be released solo material, as band members work on their individual projects. The incident no doubt also shook up Liam, particularly as he is soon to become a father with his girlfriend Cheryl.

The two started a relationship in 2015 after Cheryl broke up with her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. Liam and Cheryl first met each other when she was a judge on the X Factor, and he auditioned.

Rumours have been rife for months that Cheryl is pregnant. And, while neither Liam nor Cheryl have confirmed the pregnancy, she has been spotted at a carol concert, and on a photo shoot, sporting a definite baby bump. It is not known, however, when Cheryl’s due date is.

While it is understood that the two spent Christmas and New Year together, Cheryl is said to have been supportive of Liam heading to LA for work, as she knows how important it is for him to get his tracks down before the baby arrives.