Liam Payne has been called out by fans for ‘putting on’ a ‘bizarre’ American accent after being interviewed on Monday’s Good Morning Britain.
The singer, 28, spoke live from the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s annual Academy Awards viewing party at West Hollywood Park where he defended his friend Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock earlier in the night.
However, the exchange left viewers scratching their heads after he debuted a ‘valley’ twang – before admitting he hadn’t even been on US soil for two years.
Surprise: Liam Payne has been called out by fans for ‘putting on’ a ‘bizarre’ American accent after being interviewed on Monday’s Good Morning Britain
During the Oscar’s Will tearfully apologised as he won Best Actor after an ugly physical row with Chris Rock over a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air star, 53, earned the honor for his work as father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard just minutes after the awkward altercation in which he appeared to strike the 57-year-old comedian with an open hand.
Weighing in on the controversy, the former One Direction bandmember claimed how there had been ‘three losers in one fight’, adding, ‘She did nothing, being Jada.’
He also reminisced on his friendship with the two names on everyone’s lips, revealing that Will had been his neighbour and had known Chris since he was a teenager.
Controversy: The singer, 28, spoke live from the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation ‘s annual Academy Awards viewing party at West Hollywood Park where he defended his friend Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock earlier in the night
Liam said: ‘Will Smith actually used to live behind my house, I had the pleasure of knowing his son and daughter very well and we did Men In Black 3 with him.
‘I believe whatever he felt that he did, he had the right to do. I also felt there were three losers in one fight.
‘He didn’t know being Chris Rock, he didn’t wanna do what he had to being Will Smith, and she did nothing, being Jada.
‘It was a powerful moment for me to sit and watch one of the world’s best emoters we’ve ever seen speak from the heart and I would rather take the beauty out of the situation than take the pain.
Get ready for the memes: Will was the talking point of Sunday night’s 94th Academy Awards when he slapped presenter Chris for making a joke about his wife
‘But I had to leave my chair, I’ll be honest with you, it cut me really deep and I don’t get deep about these things but I’m a big movie fan.
‘Out of a horrible moment there was a little bit of beauty in what came on and I’m sure everyone’s apologetic about what happened, shouldn’t happen.
‘But ask yourself what would you do in the situation, I don’t know how we would react, we’re all human.
‘I can’t speak too hard on this because I met Chris when I was younger and it was a very illusional time, I was a teenager who had just seen him at Madison Square Garden, it’s very strange. And I sat with him and spoke for 20, 30 minutes and he was lovely.
Opinion: Weighing in on the controversy, the former One Direction bandmember claimed how there had been ‘three losers in one fight’, adding, ‘She did nothing, being Jada’
‘I also know Will Smith and my manager worked with Will Smith from the ground upwards and he was my neighbour but, like I say, I don’t have a dog in this fight, there were three losers in this fight and what happened is very sad.
‘I hope everyone’s ok. I really reach out to you guys, I hope you’re ok. And I don’t wanna expand a situation that doesn’t need to expand any further.
‘I think we all know what happened. Let’s take the beauty out of it. We got the world’s best emoter ever speak from the heart.
‘I’ve seen him in every situation in every movie he’s ever done. And when he cries, I cry and when I laugh, I laugh and it’s a beautiful moment and he spoke from the heart. So let’s just take the positive out of it.
Hilarious: Viewers at home rushed to their keyboards to share their surprise at Liam’s accent, writing, ‘OMG what is this accent? Sort it out Liam, cringe [laughing emoji]’
‘I think we go and have a fantastic evening. I can’t believe I’m in LA again for the first time since Covid, I’m sorry to make you guys jealous from home but it’s fantastic to be out here and I feel a very fortunate boy.
‘I’m from Wolverhampton originally and I was brought up with very humble beginnings and I’m at the Oscars so anything can happen if you stick to it guys.’
Viewers at home rushed to their keyboards to share their surprise at Liam’s accent, writing, ‘OMG what is this accent? Sort it out Liam, cringe [laughing emoji].’
‘What’s with the accent and what was he actually saying? Rambling word salad.’
‘The Accent Police are out in full force over this clip.’
‘Yeah Will Smith smacking Chris Rock is shocking, but what’s happened to Liam Payne’s accent?!’
‘I’ve just watched it thinking what the hells with his accent [laughing emoji] not actually listening to what he was saying.’
‘Since when did Liam Payne have an American accent lol.’
‘Sounds like he’s been living in the valleys for the last 20 years. How weird is that accent for a yam yam.’
‘Wasn’t he Wolverhampton born and bred at one time?! What a bizarrely affected accent!’
Wow! ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!,’ Smith twice shouted at a shocked Rock after slapping him