Liam Payne Says He Wasn’t Faking It

One Direction singer defends his fake smiles during fan selfies at ARIA awards
ByClaire GlasbySunday , 30 November 2014
Liam Payne Says He Wasn’t Faking It
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Liam Payne

One Direction star Liam Payne has denied faking smiles for fans as he posed for pictures with them at the Australian Radio Industry Association (ARIA) awards last week. A video posted on social media shows the British pop star taking a number of 'selfie' photographs with fans while walking the red carpet in Sydney, Australia.

But between each photo, he clearly drops his smile and seems to be grimacing at the prospect of posing for even more snaps. It’s led many disgruntled One Direction fans to point out how unhappy he seems.

Payne has now defended himself on Twitter, writing, "Lots of people saying I was 'faking' smiles with fans yesterday... I usually find when ur taking a photo u don't smile until somebody's about to take the photo... Sorry to disappoint but I don't walk around like this all day... That would hurt!"

It’s not the first time that their relentless tour schedule has taken its toll on the boybanders. Zayn Malik sparked fears that he was on the verge of             quitting the band when he failed to show up for a TV slot in the US, blaming his no-show on a stomach bug. The band members have increasingly been drawing attention for travelling in separate cars and private jets between gigs. But while rumours swirl that the brand are nearing a break up, the hit-makers insist it’s all down to security issues.  Liam Payne told the UK’s Guardian newspaper: “I think that’s more a security thing than anything else. If we’re spread out, no one can target one car.”

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