In a show of support and appreciation, One Direction member Liam Payne has officially spoken out on the video that shows his fellow band members, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, smoking marijuana. The clip, leaked Wednesday evening from the Daily Mail, was of a video filmed back in April. Tomlinson and Malik, both 20, are seen smoking the substance while being driven to a show of their Where We Are tour in Peru.
On his Twitter early Saturday, Payne, 20, never addressed the video directly, but the apologetic stances of the tweets speak for themselves.
“I love my boys and maybe things have gone a bit sideways,” he expresses. “I apologize for that. We are only in our 20s. We all do stupid things at this age.”
He continues on and admits that the group has “a lot of growing up to do.”
“In an extreme circumstance, I’m not making excuses,” he admits, adding that the group will “fall short somewhere.”
Fans have been divided on the actions shown in the video. In it, Tomlinson, 22, and Malik, 21, also speak about how they are still perceived by most of the general public as a band for children. They also express displeasure at one of their books, Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story; saying that they come off immature in the way that it was written and put together.
The apology comes at an interesting point in the scandal. Neither Tomlinson nor Malik have personally spoken out about the leaked video, but insiders speculate that it was somehow stolen by a disgruntled ex-employee of the music group. The boys were coming off of a highly publicized three-date appearance in Croke Park, located in Ireland. The stadium held a deep significance to another member of the group, 20-year-old Niall Horan. Horan, originally from Mullingar, had his first audition there for the UK version of X-Factor; the show that would change his life and put together the now world famous group.
On the day the video was released to the media, One Direction had a show in Sunderland, located in north east England. They had remained steadfastly silent on the video leak, but have maintained active on their social media accounts, namely Twitter. With the apology, Payne had initially been calling out an article from the Mail Online, in which a journalist attacked One Direction, saying that they were “manufactured”. She also touched on the marijuana incident, saying that the group took fame “for granted”.
Payne expressed that most journalists who write about One Direction, “consistently get things wrong” and that they tend to look down on the group, “thinking they’re oh, so right.”
Hoping for longevity for One Direction, Payne continued that he did not take his level of fame for granted. “I’m extremely grateful to be here doing this,” he posted.
Payne also thanked the fans of One Direction who stood by the group since the leak of the video, closing with lines of gratitude.
“Thank you to everyone who has stuck by us through this,” he mentioned. “Just know that we love you guys. It means the world.”
Tomlinson and Malik have yet to offer any words or apologies themselves. The band is set to appear at the Etihad Stadium later on today for another two-date appearance. Their first touchdown in North America on the Where We Are tour is set for August 1 in Toronto.
By Jonathan Brown