One Direction member Liam Payne has upset the LGBT community over an allegedly offensive tweet.
His tweet, posted on Wednesday 19 August early afternoon and later deleted was claimed by Twitter user @gonerziam to have said: "this song is about finding the girl of your dreams which most of you can't relate to bc you're also girls."
Twitter users have attacked Payne's tweet for erasing the identity of those who were not sexually 'straight' or heterosexual, thereby offending the LGBT community.
Payne has however responded to such accusations saying that he did not mean to offend anyone and was only referring to his female fans "in general".
lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
Lol this is so insane the more I read I'm like wtf have u ever said something in the wrong way I'm sure every person here has lol— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
Minutes later however, he tweeted an apology:
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 (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
I'm just here to make people smile I kinda consider it my job role— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 19, 2015
Some fans have also come to Payne's support, sending him tweets of encouragement:
My cute little Liam @Real_Liam_Payne always apologies for things he doesn't have to. :( I hate it. Stop bashing Liam !!— inactive =( (@OnceInALouTime) August 19, 2015
this is the liam payne you're calling homophobic?? hE'S IS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON WITH A HUGE HEART TAKE A NAP PLEASE pic.twitter.com/OC7lDX7rgM— sophia !!! (@mullingardonut) August 19, 2015