Liam Payne of the London-based English-Irish boy band One Direction has denied he's gay or homophobic.
Responding to a series of fake naked photographs of him with another man which appeared Sunday on social media, Payne said he could not believe anyone could be fooled by that "weird" photograph.
"Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that," Payne tweeted to his more than 18 million followers.
After several gay fans questioned whether he was offended, Payne messaged in response: "I'm 100% not homophobic. But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am I'm gunna say I'm not which does not make me a homophobe."
Payne has been dating girlfriend Sophia Smith for more than a year.