Liam Payne hits back at Noel Gallagher criticism
Liam Payne thinks Noel Gallagher's recent rant about One Direction was "sad".
The 22-year-old singer is a self-confessed fan of the former Oasis star, but has admitted to feeling disappointed by Noel following his criticism of One Direction's music, suggesting he was two-faced about the issue.
Liam explained: "The funny thing was, I met him the day the story came out.
"I didn't know it was coming out, and he came up and said, 'All right, mate? How are you doing?'
"I was like, 'Fine thanks, mate. Nice to meet you'. The next day I read the story and thought, 'How sad is that?' He completely dissed us. Nice to diss your fans, isn't it?"
Liam said Noel should feel proud that he's helped inspire the next generation of musicians.
He told BBC Radio 1: "It's sad because they genuinely led me to a path of singing. That's something they should be genuinely proud of.
"They don't think before they speak. You never know who was a fan of your music. Especially when you were as big as they were. Do it with grace. Good old Noel, bless him.
"I had to have a moan about that at some point. I'm over it."
The comments come shortly after Noel criticised the chart-topping boyband and fellow Brit Adele in an expletive-filled rant about the current state of the music industry.
He said: "Bar Kanye. You watch him on the MTV Awards and you think, 'You can f***ing stay, you're all right. Who gives a s**t what f***ing One Direction do?
"C***suckers, all of them in rehab by the time they're 30. Adele, what? Blows my f***ing mind."