Liam Payne addresses One Direction drugs controversy: 'We all do stupid things at this age'

Singer responds to a Daily Mail article condemning footage of Zayn Malik smoking a "joint"

Liam Payne has apologised on behalf of his One Direction bandmates following the emergence of a video which seems to show Zayn Malik smoking a "joint" in the back of a car.

It is claimed that the video was filmed on April 27 while Malik, along with band mate Louis Tomlinson, were being driven through Lima, Peru on their way to a gig at the Estadio Nacional. The five-minute video appears to be filmed by Tomlinson, who is heard saying, "So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!"

On Friday (May 31), Payne became the first member of the band to address the situation publicly and apologised to fans on Twitter for his bandmates going "a little sideways" and showing support for Malik and Tomlinson. "I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways I apologise for that," he wrote. "We are only in our 20's we all do stupid things at this age."

It is not illegal to possess a small amount of cannabis in Peru. Tomlinson and rest of the band, Harry Styles and Niall Horan, are not present in the video.

Since the incident there has been a 79 per cent surge in tickets for One Direction shows being listed on resale site Viagogo.

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