Liam Payne Accused Of Biphobia With New Song 'Both Ways'
Disgruntled fans voiced their concerns about the song's lyrics on social media , which described the former One Direction member's girlfriend as bisexual.
Payne sings, "My girl, she like it both ways / She like the way it all taste / Couple more, we'll call it foreplay."
The singer is currently in a relationship with model Maya Henry, 19.
Members of the LGBTQI+ community and their allies have accused Payne, 26, of biphobia with the track, which features on his debut solo album.
'Biphobia' is described as denying bisexuality is a genuine sexual orientation, or negative stereotypes about people who are bisexual.
The hashtag #LiamPayneIsOverParty trended on Twitter, with fans taking the singer to task for the sexually-charged lyrics.
Payne shares a two-year-old son, Bear, with former girlfriend and fellow British pop star, Cheryl Cole. He previously came under fire for comments perceived to be homophobic when he said he wouldn't let former bandmate Harry Styles babysit Bear as he was unsure of the influence it would have on him.
“I feel like my child would come out dressed in something that I just wouldn’t understand,” Payne said.
Styles has long been rumoured to be queer, but has never publicly stated if he identifies as LGBTQI+. In his 2018 hit "Medicine", Styles sings: "The boys and the girls are here / I mess around with him / And I'm OK with it."
Payne is yet to address the social media backlash to 'Both Ways'.
One Direction -- one of the highest-earning and popular boy bands of all time -- went on 'indefinite hiatus' in 2016 (ex-member Zayn Malik left a year earlier).
Group members Malik, Styles and Niall Horan released solo albums in 2017, with Payne's long-awaited debut, LP1, arriving this month.
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