Liam Payne has opened up about shedding his “Mr. Vanilla” image, as he describes himself as the “antichrist version” of One Direction pal Harry Styles.
In a candid interview with The Face magazine, the 26-year-old was asked who which of his former bandmates he’d choose to go for a stroll around London with these days. Despite noting that he talks to Louis Tomlinson regularly, Payne ended up picking Styles because "there's so much mystery around who he's become.”
He continued: “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.”
Quizzed on what he thought of Styles’s more recent fashion choices, most notably his flared trousers, the Strip That Down hitmaker responded: "Do you know what? For me, it’s a case of fair play to him for doing what he f***ing wants.
“If he wants to wear one earring and go to the Met Gala wearing something unexpected, what of it? Fair f***ing play. I couldn't put myself in that. I'd look f***ing… It'd look weird.”
Payne has been busy doing promo for his recently released album LP1, which features songs such as ‘Both Ways’, ‘Bedroom Floor’ and ‘Get Low’.
Addressing the “raunchy” nature of some of the tracks, he pondered the fact that he’s become “some sort of Magic Mike character” since leaving One Direction, which is odd because he used to be branded “Mr. Boring” when he was a part of the boy band.
“They used to compare me to Gary Barlow. I was like: ’Well I like Gary Barlow so I’m alright with that,’” he laughed. “When we were getting the songs through, I don’t know if it was some sort of bravado or something I was putting across, but every single song we’d get sent would be sexual.”