One Direction’s Liam denies homophobia allegations: ‘People take things too literal these days’

The boy band member had been criticised for recent comments made at a live show

One Direction member Liam Payne has denied that he was being homophobic when he made recent remarks at a live show.

Introducing the track ‘Girl Almighty’ at a recent gig, the singer said: “This is my favourite song off the last album, and it is about trying to find that number-one woman of your life, which none of you can relate to, ’cause most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.”

Payne’s comments were later criticised for its heteronormative viewpoint, with the boy-band member later forced to clarify the remarks on Twitter.

Payne wrote: “lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general”.


He continued: “I am in no way shape or form homophobic that’s a ridicules thing to say and I’m not here to offend people so take it as you will… I’m just here to make people smile I kinda consider it my job role”.

See all of Payne’s tweets of the incident below.

Meanwhile, former One Direction member Zayn Malik recently called Calvin Harris a “dickhead” during a Twitter spat about Taylor Swift.

On Monday (August 17), Malik retweeted a post that compared the stances of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus on streaming and illegal downloading. The original tweet compared a quote from Swift (“I think there should be an inherent value placed on art”) with one by Cyrus (“I’ve made my money. If no one buys my album, cool. It’s fine”), captioning the images with “The difference is astounding”.

Harris soon took objection to what he perceived as an attack on Swift, tweeting to Malik in response: “You’ve made your money? Cool… fuck the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah fuck em”.

He then added: “If u don’t get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry… stay out my fuckin mentions pls… While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there’s some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive Meaning… stay out of things you don’t understand”.

Malik replied to the messages in a series of tweets: “ha you just made an absolute fool of yourself mate… you clearly didn’t understand what I just said either… so i suggest you calm your knickers before them dentures fall out… Oh and I write my own shit too dickhead”.

While Nicki Minaj and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson seemed to take sides with Harris on the issue, favouriting tweets that criticised Malik, Harris soon backtracked on the feud.

“All good, it was the quote not you personally mate,” Harris later wrote. “Best of luck, genuinely. You’ve got a great voice”.