Liam Payne Defends “Larry” Attitude Comments After Upsetting Harry Styles And Louis Tomlinson Fans
As Gossip Cop reported earlier, Payne is the cover star for the gay magazine’s October issue. In the accompanying story, he addresses past allegations of homophobia, but is now once again being accused of not truly supporting the LGBTQ community. Some One Direction fans are taking issue with statements Payne made about “Larry,” the supposed coupling of Tomlinson and Styles by fans who believe them to be in a secret romantic relationship.
At one point in the interview, Payne discusses performing in the U.S. after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage earlier this year, and he says that following the historic milestone, “There were loads of rainbow flags flying at our shows, but I think that was mainly because people think of the Louis and Harry thing, which is absolutely nuts and drives me insane.”
Asked why it drives him “insane,” Payne explains, “It’s like when you know the ins and outs of what is going on with people it’s just annoying when it’s so stupid. It becomes like a conspiracy or like a cult, the people that watch them and think that every move they make is a gesture toward them being together, and I know it’s not true and it makes me mad.”
Payne further says, “I get tagged in drawings of Louis and Harry being together. I remember one time I was sitting next to my dad and I see this picture of me on top of Niall [Horan], which was quite intimidating. It’s just really weird to have people drawing these sexually explicit pictures of us in strange situations.”
When it’s pointed out that many One Direction female fans “are so young,” Payne adds, “I don’t think it’s the right hobby for these girls to be enjoying. I find it very strange that someone so young can think up these stories or even imagine these things are going on. That for me is the sad and sorry side of what we have done.”
Some have interpreted the comments as disrespectful and unaccepting of fan beliefs and actions, while others are arguing that by saying the gay pride flags were for “Larry” ignores those who bring them because they feel One Direction concerts are safe places for people to be themselves. Once he started getting ripped on Twitter, Payne fired back late Thursday afternoon, “It’s funny I thought people appreciated honesty these days.”
He was then accused of trying to turn the controversy around onto fans, with some saying he was shirking responsibility for the consequences of his own statements. That led Payne to hit back again, writing, “Can see people saying I’m playing ‘the victim’ I don’t feel even 1% a victim at all I had a wonderful time doing the shoot… And am blessed with the best job in the world massive thank you to @AttitudeMag for having me along and for everyone who enjoyed reading.”
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