Liam Payne Apologizes for Onstage Remarks: 'I Am in No Way, Shape or Form Homophobic'

Under fire for an offhand comment that some interpreted as homophobic at a recent One Direction concert, Liam Payne is now apologizing.

Before launching into his favorite song off the band’s latest album, “Girl Almighty,” Payne, 21, explained the meaning behind the track, telling the Columbus, Ohio, crowd on Tuesday:

Liam Payne Says One Direction Was 'Never Zayn's Sort of Music,' Admits He Was 'a Bit Shocked' About Louis Tomlinson's Baby News

While some One Direction fans were a little upset when former member Zayn Malik said he was going to be able to make “real music” with his new record deal, Malik’s former bandmate Liam Payne wasn’t put off by his comments.

Twitter Is Freaking Out over One Direction's New Surprise Single

One Direction Releases First New Music Since Zayn Malik's Departure

Surprise! One Direction released a new single on Thursday night.

Liam Payne Tweeted the good news, offering fans a link to the song on iTunes and writing, “Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It’s called Drag Me Down and I hope you love it as much as we do.”

Happy Birthday One Direction! The Band Celebrates Turning 5 – with a Little Help from Zayn Malik

One Direction Show Off Their Acting Skills in Funny Ad for Their New Perfume

The guys from One Direction are releasing a new fragrance, called Between Us, and they’ve made a cute, comical commercial to promote it.

In the new 90-second ad released on Wednesday, the fab foursome visit all the corners of the globe for the special ingredients for their perfume – and show off their natural acting skills.

One Direction to Follow Rolling Stones' Lead – Will Stay Together, as Well as Work on Solo Projects

One Direction is taking career cues from another English act: Like the Rolling Stones, the world’s most popular boy band will stay together while also pursuing solo projects.

Harry Styles: Why It Was 'Different' Writing Music Without Zayn Malik

They’ve still got that “One Thing.”

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, Harry Styles shares what it’s been like to work on One Direction’s upcoming fifth album, the boy band’s first since Zayn Malik’s abrupt departure.

Liam Payne: Zayn Malik Left One Direction to Spend Time with His Family and Fiancée

Part of being a “normal 22-year-old” is having the freedom to spend time with loved ones, and that’s exactly what Zayn Malik has been doing since leaving One Direction in March in the middle of the band’s world tour, citing stress as a major factor for his departure.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson: 'We're Not Breaking Up'