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Liam Payne’s Attitude interview draws criticism from fans

By | Published on Monday 14 September 2015

Liam Payne

One Direction’s Liam Payne has come under criticism from fans after a number of quotes from an upcoming interview with Attitude magazine were published last week. In particular, a suggestion that support for gay rights amongst the band’s fanbase is largely due to the “cult” who believe that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are in a relationship.

He said: “When the [same-sex marriage] law changed in the US 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. It’s like when you know the ins and outs of what’s going on with people, it’s just annoying when it’s so stupid. It becomes like a conspiracy or a cult”.

As you might expect, quite a lot of fans took issue with the suggestion that their ‘Larry-shipping’ is cult-like, while others pointed out that Payne’s comments seemed to completely undermine 1D fans who are homosexual or genuinely want to show their support for LGBT rights.

Defending himself on Twitter (sort of), Payne wrote: “It’s funny I thought people appreciated honesty these days. 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 Attitude for having me along and for everyone who enjoyed reading”.

The full interview is actually out this Wednesday.