One Direction have hired bodyguards who normally guard President Barack Obama for their US tour following Liam Payne's split from dancer Danielle Peazer. The 19-year-old reportedly ended his relationship Peazer last week, prompting security bosses assembling a team of crack troops who served in Iraq to help protect the boys from besotted teens.

According to an insider who spoke with The Sun, "Liam becoming single has made things even more fraught. Some of the security staff have worked with Obama and in war zones." The tour kicks off in Florida on June 13, with fan websites already posting details of the band's hotels. 

A separate security team is being dispatched to Madame Tussauds to guard the One Direction waxworks, which are going on display in New York. It is thought that teens will target the wax statues instead of trying to meet the band for real. Err, well it's the next best thing, isn't it?

Liam split with girlfriend Danielle after a two-hour chat a couple of weeks ago. They initially ended their relationship last September, blaming long-distance woes as the reason for the split. They reunited after Danielle flew to New York to watch her man perform at Madison Square Garden in December. "Liam's on tour until November and Danielle's very busy so they basically never see each other," a source confirmed.

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