Liam Payne flashes ripped torso as he shows off painful cupping marks

One Direction superstar Liam Payne has left fans hot under the collar after showing off his ripped torso online.

The Strip That Down singer, who recently split from fiancé Maya Henry, took to Instagram to share a buff gym snap.

Looking ripped as ever, the 27-year-old singer proudly flashed his six pack abs as he posed for a snap.

Standing in his gym mirror, Liam rocked nothing but a pair of grey shorts and trainer liner socks without and shoes.

He captioned the upload: "Late night lift ft cuppa and tiny socks."

Drawing on top of the photo, Liam then added an arrow to his shoulders and chest which had multiple large circular red marks over them from the treatment.

Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese therapy popular with celebs.

Justin Bieber, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston are all known to have tried the practise.

It claims to help reduce cholesterol, improve immunity and curb migraines.

During the procedure glass cups are heated and applied to the skin to stimulate blood to the area.

Despite being painful looking, the red marks left by cupping vanish within two weeks.

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Liam recently opened up about his relationship with Maya coming to an end.

Speaking frankly, Liam, who had a son with Girls Aloud legend Cheryl, said: "I feel like more than anything at this point, I'm more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people.

"That annoys me. I've just not been very good at relationships. And I know what my pattern of things is with relationships at this point.

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"I'm just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else. That's what happened with my last relationship."

He added on Steven Bartlett's podcast he has "been sober just over a month now" and focusing on a new more healthy lifestyle.

The couple were together for three years before he popped the question last summer.

Prior to that Liam dated and started a family with Cheryl before they went their separate ways in June 2018.

Daily Star recently revealed how Liam has turned to a new vegetarian diet, spurred on by a series of Netflix documentaries.

Earlier this year the streaming giant released Seaspiracy – a hard hitting documentary about the global fish trade.

Netflix also produced Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret which looked at the potential dangers of the meat industry.

A source said: "During lockdown Liam watched a lot of Netflix – especially documentaries.

"He saw some about how brutal the industry can be at times and found it scary.

"He's previously dabbled in pescetarianism when he was preparing for his Hugo Boss underwear campaign but he's now trying a totally meat and fish free diet."

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