Liam doesn't want to see, hear or read your gay slashfic!
Liam Payne recently did an interview with Attitude, a gay men's magazine in the U.K. for his cover story after being named Sexiest Man of the Year. The honor was doubly significant for the occasionally grumpy 22-year-old who has often been passed over in the sexy polls by his bandmates, but also because Payne has had to defend comments that have made him appear homophobic.
Near the end of the interview, however, Payne made some comments that have angered his followers who create erotic fan fiction about him and other members of One Direction. "When the [gay marriage] law changed in the U.S. there were loads of rainbow flags flying at our shows," Payne said. "But I think that was mainly because people think of the Louis and Harry thing [that they're secret lovers], which is absolutely nuts and drives me insane."
A specific subset of the fandom harbors fantasies of a relationship between band members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles and call the pairing "Larry Stylinson." (Tina Belcher of Bob's Burgers is basically an homage to this kind of teenage girl — watch the episode "Bad Tina" for more context.)
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Payne continued, "It becomes like a conspiracy or like a cult, the people who watch them and think that every move they make is a gesture toward them being together, and I know it's just not true and it makes me mad."
But don't chalk up his outrage to jealousy. Larry Stylinson isn't the only 1D pairing the fans have created. "I remember this one time I was sitting next to my dad and I see this picture of me on top of Niall, which was quite intimidating," he said. "It's just really weird to have people drawing these sexually explicit pictures of us in strange situations."
It's clear that Payne completely does not understand slashfic at all. "I don't think it's the right hobby for these girls to be enjoying," he said. "I find it very strange that someone so young can think up these stories or even imagine these things are going on. That for me is the sad and sorry side of what we have done."
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After fans called him out on Twitter for his comments — which of course they did — he tweeted that he "thought people appreciated honesty these days."
It's funny I thought people appreciated honesty these days— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) September 10, 2015
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