They say actions speak louder than words, and while Liam Payne SAYS he has plans to reunite with One Direction in the near future, he’s been doing some things recently to make us think otherwise. The new dad is set to release his first solo single, “Strip That Down,” tomorrow, and he’s been out doing a ton to promote it before it comes out. First, the 23-year-old singer debuted a series of Snapchat filters with different lyrics from the tune all around the world, with one that read, “You know I used to be in 1D, (now I’m out free).” Then, during an interview with a Music Choice, he was asked about his bandmates’ own solo records. While things started okay, they quickly turned sour.
“I heard the rest of the boys’ debut songs,” he said. “I heard, um, obviously Niall [Horan] had ‘Slow Hands out and he had ‘This Town,’ which is great. Niall’s gone down the singer-songwriter route, which is pretty cool.”
Super nice, right? But then he decided to chime in on Harry Styles‘s “Sign of the Times,” which is where the problems began.
Liam continued, “Harry’s song I heard and, I’ll be honest with you, it’s not my sort of music, so it’s not something I’d listen to. But I think he did a great job of doing what he wanted to do. That’s the way I’d put it best, I think.”
Dun dun dun!! A lot of Directioners were proud of the Brit for being respectful, but still telling the truth, but others were absolutely PISSED that he would dare say such a thing about Hazza’s tunes. Some were so upset that they said they don’t plan on supporting Liam’s upcoming solo project at all!
Was super excited for @LiamPayne's song to come out.. until I heard his comments about Harry's music. What was the point of that?
— Because I love them. (@1DFansCanada204) May 18, 2017
— Chris Pratt Fan (@MsMDNACiccone) May 18, 2017
— Robyn (@mnrlc) May 18, 2017
@LiamPayne Harry would have never dissed your generic, half-assed music. Don't forget who carried you to where you are now.
— alex (@micksbastardson) May 18, 2017
We think it’s important to point out that LP also said that HS probably wouldn’t like his solo tunes either, because, “He doesn’t really listen to hip hop music. It’s like, my song’s more ‘Rack City’ and his song is more of a different era to something I’d listen to, I guess.”
Hey, everyone can have different opinions!!
The One Direction boys are no stranger to being dissed. Here are all the stars who threw shade in the past:
In July 2013, the "We Can't Stop" singer pretended she didn't know anything about the biggest boy band in the world. She said to Heat magazine, "I mean, don't ask me to name a song because I can't do that, but I know what they look like. I think I met Harry? I think backstage once... I don't really remember that much. I just remember my sister was super excited. I don't really know them that much... That's, like, so bad, but it's, like, I listen to urban."
The funny part: in January of that same year, she posted a picture of herself with a cardboard cutout of Harry Styles... in bed. Then in April, she tweeted that she was IN THE RECORDING STUDIO with Niall Horan. What kind of game are you playing, Miley?
After learning that 1D topped the list of the highest-earning British stars under 30 in 2014, the Harry Potter actor, who came in at #2, was quick to point out, "There's five of them! That doesn't count! Not that I care, but I am definitely first!"
Okay, so it's not so much 'throwing shade' as it is 'setting the record straight,' but you get the idea.
Even if you disregard all the 1989 songs that focused on her "relationship" with Harry Styles, there was still that time at the 2013 MTV VMAs when the "Shake It Off" singer reportedly whispered, "Shut the f*** up," to BFF Selena Gomez when One Direction took the stage. There was talk that she actually said something else, or was saying, "STFU," to Selena not winning... Either way, we're sure T.Swift was none too pleased about seeing her ex-boyfriend win an award.
Oh, he went there — in summer 2013, the megawatt solo artist reflected on his own boy band days in *NSYNC. So when asked about One Direction directly, he said, "I have not seen them on stage, but I'd be willing to say that we're better than them. "I don't feel like I'm laying down any kind of gauntlet. I've seen them a couple times and I like those guys. It's interesting to see this whole wave of that come back around."
After his admission made headlines, he joked about it on Twitter, saying, "I thought the question was about a pie eating contest. My bad. #newsworthy"
Discounting all the talk about her and Niall Horan — remember when people thought they were dating? — Demi appeared to toss shade 1D's way when asked if she'd ever collaborate with the British-Irish group. She said, "I focus more on collaborations with people who inspire me."
Although she added that there's "nothing wrong with One Direction," she later worked with lesser-known boy band The Vamps, so... What does that say about her feelings about 1D?
The guys are all technically men now, as they're all 21 years of age and over. However, it was less than a year ago that the Maroon 5 crooner practically questioned their masculinity.
During a performance of "Story of My Life" on The Voice, Adam told the dueling performers, "That was a song originally sung by boys, [now] sung by a couple of men up there on that stage."
Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes pretty much kept to themselves when it came to taking digs at One Direction, but Max George, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness went ALL in, especially on Twitter.
Jay even took care to mention to Louis Tomlinson, "You've done a sterling job of becoming one of the most overrated, arrogant and not to mention insincere people around. Your shocking lack of talent will only be forgiven by lots of humility and no-strings-attached friendship among your band."
The YouTuber is a self-proclaimed Directioner, but that doesn't mean he's a fan of everything the group does.
After Liam Payne told Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, who is openly homophobic, that he was a big fan, Tyler tweeted, "Wow. Very confused and disappointed by this @Real_Liam_Payne tweet. This literally changes everything... If you defend someone actively supporting bigotry, homophobia, and ignorance, we're not on the same wavelength to even have a discussion."
The "Royals" singer has never been afraid to speak her mind, which is why it's not completely shocking to learn of her alleged comment about 1D that exclaimed, "One Direction are pretty overrated and their music isn't really good. I find it odd they're famous."
Soon after that message got out, she was spotted at a One Direction concert; not entirely sure what that means, but it's interesting, right?
The former X Factor champion was attacked by Directioners after referring to Louis Tomlinson as a "little b****" after JA referred to 1D as a "marketing product." So, natch, he went on an all-out rant:
"And f*** boybands! Bring on the hate I don't wanna be popular. Apart from JLS who are genuinely the coolest people I've met in music... You are all correct I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for Louis Tomlinson.. Not the years of working hard in the real world... Look, I do appreciate their help but like a lot of people.. When I said 1D were about marketing certain members of the band turned on me too ... I meant no offence and they were pretty awful to me too I don't suffer them or pretend to like... I have nothing against One Direction fans or the band itself I have an issue with one member ... they insulted me when I had nothing against them so now I don't pull any punches when I'm asked... [They] just said some things via text and the things that were said warrant my dislike for them so that's it.. I'm not being ungrateful."
When specifically asked which member he was referring to, James responded, "Well the one I called a little b**** obviously coz he wouldn't say the things he said to my face."
Paramore's frontwoman was not impressed when she first heard One Direction's "Steal My Girl," as it rang quite similar to a tune from another big band. She said, "Beginning of that new 1D song couldn't sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory's "its not your fault" but," and posted a picture of the Kermit sipping tea meme.
She followed up that tweet with another, "I realize that I'm gonna get hate from a very large fanbase for that. But really, it has more to do w/ whoever pitched or cowrote the song."
Hayley wasn't the only one who heard the similarities — New Found Glory's lead guitarist did as well. He exclaimed, "Props to the @onedirection 'Steal My Girl' single for reworking the 'It's Not Your Fault' piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut."
Once he became a victim of Directioners' wrath, he responded, "Wow did not realize this was gonna be a story. It's not a story. My original tweet was a joke anyway. Music influences music. No one cares."
In a battle between One Direction and Mindless Behavior, who would come out on top? According to the trio, there's no contest, "[1D] can't even dance; they got nothing on our skills."
It's actually a funny story. While chatting with Conan O'Brien, the actor revealed that his children are more interested in the boy band than they are in him. He explained, "My 4-year-old's going, 'Daddy, I like Harry.' And I'm like, 'Well, I'm gonna punch Harry in the nose when I see him."
Conan strikes again! Somehow, the talk-show host managed to get another actor talking about the boy band. When the Lost actor was on the show, he mentioned that he's been getting into arguments with his 15-year-old daughter about the group, "She's a huge One Direction fan. She's got this major crush on Harry Styles... And I'm a huge music fan and we're having that classic father-child argument about music right now. So I'm trying to encourage her to explore music that's outside of the boy bands."
He continued, "I upset her every time we talk about One Direction, so we've pretty much had to agree to not talk about One Direction at all. Every time she brought up One Direction, I felt it was my responsibility to bust their chops, and she would get very upset." He also flat-out said he'd never go to one of the boys' concerts.
William H. Macy
The Shameless actor had no problem acknowledging One Direction's talent, but he's NOT a fan of the group's shows. He said, "They couldn't put on a good show with a gun to their head."
Originally, it sounded like Midnight Red would be the opening act for One Direction. Instead, though, 5 Seconds of Summer scored the gig. So, eventually, MR tweeted, "Glad we didn't become that band that only became famous opening for that group. #notvshow #doitourway"
While this is more a dig at 5SOS, to refer to 1D as "that group" is kinda like... Who do you guys think you are, anyway?
Sure, he appeared in One Direction's "Steal My Girl" music video. Does that mean he's a fan, though? Not necessarily.
In an interview with The Sun, the legendary actor revealed the true reason why he even participated in the shoot, "No, no, I'm a Bob Dylan fan. I have many, many young kids in my family who would just beat me up if I didn't do [the music video]... I saw it as an opportunity to take a picture of them with [me]. That's what I did!"