Liam Payne has come under fire for an interview in which he spoke about his former One Direction bandmates.
Five years after founding The x factorthe pop band – Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Payne – announced an extended hiatus in August 2015.
Since then, the singers have focused on their respective solo careers and rarely go into detail about their time with One Direction.
Payne sat down for a lengthy interview with controversial YouTuber Logan Paul on Wednesday (June 1), in which he discussed why he “dislikes” former bandmate Malik, along with a moment in which he claimed one his bandmates “threw him up”. Wall”.
Payne appeared to try to cap his remarks, saying: “If I had to go through what he’s been through – with his growth and whatever. My parents support me so much that sometimes it’s annoying. Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.
“You can always look at the man where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever, the guy is an asshole.’
“But at the end of the day, when you understand what he went through to get to this point — and also whether or not he wanted to be there.”
Payne appeared to refer to Malik’s alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, saying, “Listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions.
“I can’t praise some of the things he’s done. I can’t be on his side there. What I can say is that I understand and your only hope is that at some point in their life, the person on the other end of the phone will want to receive the help that you are willing to give them.”
Payne also recalled a time when “there was an argument backstage and one member in particular (unnamed) threw me against a wall”.
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“So I said to him, ‘If you don’t remove those hands, there’s a high probability you’ll never use them again,'” he said.
Payne’s name started trending on Twitter shortly after the interview was posted, as fans criticized him for “talking crap” about his former bandmates.
“Hey, no hate! But I’m trying to figure out how Liam Payne could say such bad things about certain 1D members when they literally gave him a career through One Direction, he didn’t make it through the X Factor alone for a reason,” one person wrote on Twitter .
A lengthy comment on YouTube read: “I’ve been a fan of One Direction since 2012 so you can imagine my excitement watching this podcast… I have to say it’s so weird watching Liam… he’s doing so many crazy s.” says *** is a bit disappointing.
“What he said about Zayn which he doesn’t have space to talk about since they’re not even in a relationship anymore so he couldn’t know anything about what actually happened and said he has more streams than the other four in theirs.” Solo career when the most streamed from the band are Harry (obviously) and Zayn — Liam isn’t even second.”
She added: “I know all that people care about is the dark side of it and we are all aware there were so many bad sides of One Direction but honestly it shines today 10 years later to be a little needless to keep s***. *take the best opportunity of your life.”
“I wasn’t expecting Liam Payne to go to Logan Paul’s podcast and call Zayn Malik ad**k for today but here we are,” one person wrote on Twitter.
The Independent has reached out to Malik’s rep for comment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/liam-payne-logan-paul-interview-b2091458.html Liam Payne: Fans are furious at the singer for talking ‘crap’ to Logan Paul about former One Direction bandmates