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One Direction’s Liam Payne Says He’s Not Homophobic But Gay Pride Flags At The Group’s Concerts Drive Him Insane

o-LIAM-PAYNE-ATTITUDE-COVER-570In an effort to clear his name from previous accusations of homophobia, One Direction’s Liam Payne is featured on the front cover of the current issue of UK gay magazine Attitude. The boy-bander, who first came under fire for tweeting his support of antigay Duck Dynasty clan’s “family values” last year, expressed his disappointment in a one-on-one interview with the publication at the perception that he is homophobic.

“A lot of my friends are gay and I don’t think anything about it. I actually find it funny that being gay is still something that’s talked about as though it’s not natural. I mean, I don’t go around saying, ‘Oh, this guy is gay.’ I don’t make a big deal about it. I will just say, ‘This is my mate.’ My mates are my mates, regardless of their sexuality,” the One Directioner stated.

Unfortunately for Liam, his effort to do damage control has backfired since another comment he made during the interview about the recent appearance of gay pride flags at One Direction’s concerts seems to have gotten him in more hot water.

“When the [gay marriage] law changed in the U.S. 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,” Payne explained regarding the perception that his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are a couple.

The backlash from 1D fans was immediate as many thought his comments were inconsiderate of the group’s queer fanbase causing Payne to respond by posting the following on Twitter:

While Liam might be driven nuts by the gay pride flags that have been waving around at One Direction shows, Harry Styles is not one bit bothered. In fact, he has made it a point to don them as capes while performing onstage. Even after Payne’s interview became public knowledge, Styles continued to show his support for the LGBT movement at the group’s Boston show this past weekend.

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