Liam Payne reveals he was held at knife point and robbed when he was 12

LIAM Payne has revealed he was robbed at knife-point when he was just 12 – and was lucky not to have been killed.

The 25-year-old singer said he was confronted with a blade in the West Midlands town of Bilston when he was out with a pal.

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Liam Payne said: ‘Me and my friend walked away with our lives – not everyone is so lucky’[/caption]

He told the Mirror: “This 6ft 2 guy says: ‘I will tell you the truth, lads, you’ve been brought here today to get jacked’.

“My life flashed before my eyes. He pulled out a massive hunting knife and I felt my heart in my throat. It was really scary.

“He was pointing the knife in our faces, then sharpening the blade with a stick and making up raps. We ended up giving him what we had in our wallets.

“Eventually we just legged it and jumped on the nearest bus even though we didn’t know where it was going.”

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The singer was held at knifepoint in Bilston when he was just 12[/caption]

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Liam has joined the campaign against knife crime[/caption]

The star first spoke about the traumatic robbery when he tweeted: “I was held at knifepoint by a man in Bilston when I was 12 and me and my friend were robbed.

“Luckily that was all that happened and me and my friend walked away with our lives not everyone is so lucky.”

Liam told campaigners: “Any support you need count me in #knifecrime.”

The dad-of-one got involved in a debate about knife crime in Birmingham after being accidentally tagged into a tweet on the subject meant for local MP Liam Byrne.

Liam opened up about his terrifying experience on Twitter

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Liam told his fans to ‘find your power in other things’ than knives[/caption]

Birmingham, near Liam’s home town of Wolverhampton, has been suffering a knife crisis, with 99 stabbings taking place in eight weeks.

Liam Byrne tweeted his namesake, writing: “From one Liam to another: Thank you so much for the message 👍.”

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