At least, that’s what we can assume from the One Direction singer’s new solo cover for U.K. fashion mag Rollacoaster. As it happens, the cover itself is quite a ~rollacoaster~ of emotions, as Payne appears in fighting stance, looking intimating and seductive at the same time. The dad-to-be locks eyes with the camera and appears in grayscale against a bright backdrop with the oh-so-punny tagline “No Payne, No Gain.”
Oh, and he’s also shirtless, giving us a close look at his bounty of arm and hand tattoos. The only thing off about this otherwise sultry pic? His freakish lack of nipples (WHERE ARE THEY???).
The Payne-covered issue of Rollacoaster hits newsstands on June 8. Yes, that’s painfully far away, but hopefully the mag keeps teasing us with more titillating pics until then.