09/12/2016 07:32 GMT | Updated 09/12/2016 13:11 GMT

Liam Payne Tells Louis Walsh To ‘Shut The F*** Up’ After ‘X Factor’ Judge Slams Girlfriend Cheryl

That's him told.

Liam Payne has jumped to the defense of his girlfriend Cheryl following Louis Walsh’s comments about her in an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post UK.

The Irish judge seriously lost his cool at Thursday’s ‘X Factor’ press event when we quizzed him about Cheryl potentially returning to the judging panel.

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Don't mess: Liam Payne

He spat: “Simon wouldn’t invite Cheryl back because we have Nicole. We have Nicole and Sharon - we don’t need another girl. So go and fuck off now. No silly questions, seriously.”

The music manager, who was on the red carpet with his finalists 5 After Midnight, then whacked the microphone that was being used to record the interview.

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Louis Walsh

Liam has now taken to Twitter to tell Louis in no uncertain terms what he thinks of his comments and behaviour.

The One Direction star fumed: “Congratulations Louis Walsh for setting the worst example on handling media for his band who are about to step into a very hard industry.

“Maybe it’s about time you realise it’s not all about you and shut the f**k up for once, let them speak.”

Well, that’s Louis told.

Cheryl also responded to her boyfriend’s tweets, adding: 

Louis and Cheryl have a long and complicated history and have traded many public blows since he was Girls Aloud’s manager, following their time on ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ in 2002.

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Liam and Cheryl

The pair appeared to have called a truce during their last stint on the show together in 2014, but he reignited their feud when he made a series of catty comments about her and Rita Ora upon his return earlier this year.

Louis’ group 5 After Midnight will be going up against Matt Terry and Saara Aalto in this weekend’s grand finale, with Saara currently the bookies’ favourite to take the crown.

‘The X Factor’ final airs on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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