Since parting ways four years ago, the boys of One Direction did the opposite of what their band name suggests and quite literally went in completely different directions with their careers. While Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have all launched successful solo careers, their musical stylings and public personas are poles apart. It’s something Liam Payne is clearly coming to terms with – particularly when it comes to Harry Styles.
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During a recent interview with The Face Magazine, Payne said “I speak to Louis quite regularly and I feel like I know where I stand with Niall. But with Harry there’s so much mystery around who he’s become.”
“I was looking at some pictures of him the other day, and I just thought: ‘I don’t know what more I’d say to him other than, ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you?’ I mean, look at the stuff I put out and the stuff Harry puts out. Polar opposite. I’m like the antichrist version of what Harry is.”
Later in the interview, Payne was asked about Styles’ penchant for “big trousers.”
“Do you know what? For me, it’s a case of fair play for him doing what he f*cking wants,” he said. “If he wants to wear one earring and go to the Met Gala wearing something unexpected, what of it? Fair f*cking play. I couldn’t put myself in that. I’d look f*cking…it’d look weird.”
It’s not the first time Liam Payne has pointed out his differences with Harry Styles. In a recent interview with Esquire the singer said “it’s very hard to compete when we’re doing such different things.”
“One Direction was my office…by the time we got to the end of One Direction, it was like the office ended and that was the end of it,” he explained. “So, I spoke to Louis more than I spoke to anyone, me and Niall saw eye to eye on some things and not others. Then with Harry I just didn’t know anything about him.”
“Me and Harry caught a laugh every so often,” Payne said later in the interview. “…We just don’t have anything in common. I don’t have nothing against the boy, I think he’s a beautiful, beautiful person, he’s a very lovely person, and you can see that by how many people he meets that get along with him.”
“I can say that from my own experience with him but I just haven’t spoken to him for a number of years because our music – I’m like the antichrist version, to his christness,” he said.
It’s totally normal for two mates to drift apart and it sounds like Liam Payne is happy for Harry Styles, but he’s obviously not down with the constant comparisons. Calling himself the “antichrist” of his former bandmate does seem a little extreme, though.
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