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A webloid purporting to know Harry Styles' reaction to Liam Payne's supposed "diss" is full of it. Like many other times, the site in question made the story up.

Yes, we're talking about the serial fabricators at HollywoodLife, who have been caught several times this month fabricating "exclusive" articles about Styles. Now it has happened again. And as long as it keeps happening, Gossip Cop will keep calling the fabrication factory out.

"Harry Styles Shocked At Liam Payne's 'Unnecessary' Music Diss — It's 'Jealousy,'" reads the headline of this latest instance of journalistic malpractice. The catalyst for the post was Payne's recent comments about Styles' music. In a video interview released on Thursday, he said, "Harry's song I heard, and I'll be honest with you, it's not my sort of music. It's not something I'd listen to, but I think he did a great job of doing what he wanted to do. That's the way I'd put it best, I think. I think the funny thing is, he'd say the same thing about me because he doesn't really listen to hip-hop music."

Though Payne said Styles did a "great job" of pursuing his own sound and acknowledged that his own music probably wouldn't interest his band mate, outlets like HollywoodLies immediately sensationalized the comments, turning them into a "diss." In the video (see below), it's abundantly clear Payne wasn't intending to insult his longtime friend. He was simply saying they have different sounds, and those sounds probably wouldn't end up on each other's iPods. Styles is smart enough to understand that, as there isn't really anything offensive about it.

But, unsurprisingly, HollywoodLies is claiming otherwise. The outlet quoted a so-called "source" as claiming Styles was "a bit surprised by Liam's response," and "didn't think it was necessary for him to lump Harry's music into a certain category.." This alleged snitch supposedly added, "Harry knows how well his music has been received and thinks Liam must be feeling a tinge of jealousy to make a comment like that."

Gossip Cop has said it before but we're more than happy to say it again: No one close to Styles is talking to this disreputable publication. HollywoodLife has spent much of this month exploiting Styles, as we pointed out last week, by running manufactured stories that are designed to game Google and dupe fans. With the singer in the media a lot right now due to his new album, the webloid has been trying to capitalize on the interest.

Now it's trying to capitalize on Payne's comments, much like the site crafts an "exclusive" for virtually any hot topic. Typically, though, the bad blog is only pretending to have insight, and that's once again the case here. And not only does it take a lot of nerve to repeatedly lie about having access to Styles' personal thoughts, but this piece is especially galling due to one despicable mistake that should not be forgotten.

As Gossip Cop reported earlier this week, HollywoodLies killed off Payne's mom in a horrifically insensitive Mother's Day story that went on and on about the Brit's first Mother's Day since his mom's death. Payne's mom is still alive, however. As we noted, the outlet took information about the December passing of Louis Tomlinson's mom and used it for an article about Payne. The piece was only changed after we highlighted the massive screw-up, but with no apology or retraction. It was just re-written as if the prior version never existed.

That's how little the publication actually knows about and cares about the celebs it writes about. Between the misinformation and fabrications, HollywoodLies has no business writing about Styles and Payne, period.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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