One Direction's Liam Payne is facing heated criticism for remarks he made on stage during a recent concert which some interpreted as homophobic and/or ignorant.
Now, the 21-year-old pop star is taking to Twitter to defend himself against accusations.
During a recent concert, Liam introduced the song "Girl Almighty," 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. Except for the boys in here, you know what I'm talking about."
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The off-handed comments soon began to generate controversy, with some taking the singer to task for his remarks.
"Some people take things too literal these days," Liam tweeted on Tuesday evening. "Not gonna comment on it anymore. You guys know what I meant. It was meant in general."
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The boy band member didn't stop there.
"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," he continued. "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. And all some people want to concentrate on was a throw away statement about a song that I love."
While Liam did defend himself aggressively against some of the more strongly-worded critics, he made sure to apologize to those who were actually hurt by his comments.
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"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 wrote. "I'm just here to make people smile. I kinda consider it my job role."
Whose side are you on?