3. Liam’s fans have taken to Twitter to voice their disappointment in the singer.
10. One of the disappointed tweets was from YouTube star and LGBT youth advocate Tyler Oakley, who often interviews the band.
11. As of 5:45 p.m., ET the tweet was favorited nearly 10,000 times and retweeted over 5,000 times.
12. In 2011, Liam tweeted his support for his gay fans.
13. A request for comment from Liam Payne’s representatives has not yet been returned.
14. Update: Jan. 18, 6:06 p.m. ET — Payne sent out more tweets in response to the backlash
16. Update: Jan. 19, 1:00 a.m. — Payne returned to Twitter a few hours later with a more aggressive message that he (in a later tweet) wrote was aimed at the media coverage of his initial tweet:
23. He then responded to Tyler Oakley:
24. He then got back to tweeting to everyone — but specified that his angry tweets were aimed at two groups:
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