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.
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.
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.”
lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
I am in no way shape or form homophobic that's a ridicules thing to say and I'm not here to offend people so take it as you will— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
So annoying trying your hardest to make people happy in a show and you think about all the notes u tried to hit higher or a little sweeter— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
And all some people want to concentrate on was a throw away statement about a song that I love— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
He later wrote that the backlash had provided him with a “crap end to a good day”.
Lol this is so insane the more I read I'm like wtf have u ever said something in the wrong way I'm sure every person here has lol— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
I'm sorry to those I offended really I am but there's no need for some of the things I'm being called— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
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.