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Liam Payne Slams Homophobia Claims On Twitter, Following One Direction Tour Date, But Says 'Sorry To Those He Offended'

19/08/2015 08:29 BST | Updated 19/08/2015 08:59 BST

One Direction singer Liam Payne has hit back at homophobia allegations, following comments he made during a live show.

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The 1D star has been bombarded with claims on Twitter that he is homophobic, after remarks he made during a live show in Columbus, Ohio, claiming that the boyband's female fans wouldn't be able to relate to looking for a girlfriend.

According to JustJared, Liam introduced one of the group’s songs by saying: “This is my favorite 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, because most of you are girls.

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Liam Payne

“Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.”

However, the comments were met with a backlash, with some fans accusing Liam of being homophobic, for failing to think of his LGBT fans in the audience when making the introduction.

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Liam has now taken to Twitter to vehemently deny that this the case, insisting he’s “sorry to those he offended”, but adding: “I am in no way shape or form homophobic that's a [ridiculous] thing to say and I'm not here to offend people so take it as you will…

“It was meant in general.”

He later wrote that the backlash had provided him with a “crap end to a good day”.

Amid the controversy, One Direction’s loyal fans showed Liam they were standing by him, with #WeLoveYouLiam slowly rising up the trending topics on Twitter, on Wednesday morning.

This isn’t the first time that a member of the group has been involved in a Twitter storm this week, after Louis Tomlinson quietly revealed he’d sided with Calvin Harris, when the DJ became involved in a war of words with former 1D singer, Zayn Malik.

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