"I'm sorry to those I offended," the One Direction singer Tweeted Wednesday

By Jeff Nelson
Updated August 19, 2015 01:00 PM
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Under fire for an offhand comment that some interpreted as homophobic at a recent One Direction concert, Liam Payne is now apologizing.

Before launching into his favorite song off the band’s latest album, “Girl Almighty,” Payne, 21, explained the meaning behind the track, telling the Columbus, Ohio, crowd on Tuesday:

“It is about trying to find that number one woman of your life, which none of you can relate to because most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.”

The remark didn’t sit well with some people, who felt it fed into heteronormative ideals.

Payne took to Twitter Wednesday morning to both apologize to fans he offended – but also to vent his frustration with his words being taken out of context.

“lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general I am in no way shape or form homophobic that’s a ridicules [sic] thing to say and I’m not here to offend people so take it as you will,” he wrote in a string of Tweets.

“So annoying trying your hardest to make people happy in a show and you think about all the notes u tried to hit higher or a little sweeter And all some people want to concentrate on was a throw away statement about a song that I love Crap end to a good day

“Lol this is so insane the more I read I’m like wtf have u ever said something in the wrong way I’m sure every person here has lol I’m sorry to those I offended really I am but there’s no need for some of the things I’m being called I’m just here to make people smile I kinda consider it my job role.”

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