Liam Payne has managed to become the second most-talked-about moment of this year’s Oscars after debuting a ‘bizarre’ new accent.
The former One Direction musician was interviewed on the red carpet at the 94th Academy Awards.
He was asked live on Good Morning Britain about the shocking moment Will Smith climbed up on stage to slap Chris Rock following the host’s joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith.
A video clip of Liam’s interview has been seen more than 1.5 million times at the time of writing – and thousands are questioning what’s happened to his accent.
The singer is originally from Wolverhampton, but people have said he sounds Welsh, Irish, American and Dutch all at once in his TV appearance today.
In a slightly rambling interview, Liam said: “I don’t have a dog in this fight. There were three losers in this fight. And what happened is very sad, I hope everybody’s okay, like I really reach out to you guys, I hope you’re okay.”
He also added, speaking of Will Smith’s later acceptance speech: “It’s a very sad thing, but there was a powerful moment for me to sit and watch one of the world’s best emoters in the, ever, we’ve seen, speak from the heart. I would rather take the beauty out of the situation than take the pain.
“But I had to leave my chair, I’ll be honest with you, it cut me really deep. And I don’t get deep about these things, but I’m a big movie fan I’ll be honest with you.”
One person said that Liam’s accent switch was ‘quietly the best piece of content surrounding the Will Smith incident’, adding: “Liam Payne gushing like an LA wellness influencer about ‘one of the world’s greatest emoters’, in a hybrid accent of totally inexplicable origin + managing to drop in that he sold out Madison Sq Garden.”
Journalist Josh Knapman quipped: “Will Smith smacked Chris Rock so hard, Liam Payne’s accent changed.”
Someone else wrote: “Always good to hear from Liam Payne of Wolverhampton, Netherlands.”
Another posted: “Liam Payne now holds the record for most accents produced in one single interview. Top work, fella!”
And someone else commented: “It’s so funny that Liam Payne is objectively gorgeous but manages to be the least sexy person in the entire world.”
Featured image: Twitter, @GMB
Portugal deny claims Ronaldo threatened to leave World Cup after being benched
Portugal have denied recent claims that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the 2022 World Cup after he was benched before their match against Switzerland.
Speaking in an official statement, the Portuguese FA rubbished a number of reports that their all-time leading goalscorer and national hero threatened to leave the tournament following manager Fernando Santos’ decision to drop him ahead of the game in the round of 16.
Ironically, the previous European champions weren’t left in short supply of goals, as they went on to win in a staggering 6-1 victory against the Swiss, with Ronaldo only coming on for 17 minutes at the end.
Nevertheless, the Portugal Football Federation (FPF) has insisted that no such conversation took place between the player and head coach Santos. As per national outlet A Bola, Ronaldo has apparently also made it clear that his country’s success at Qatar 2022 is his top priority.
The FPF went on to clarify in the statement: “Cristiano Ronaldo builds up a unique track record every day at the service of the national team and the country, which must be respected and which attests to the unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team.”
They also went on to thank him for his dedication and continued contribution to the squad by coming on as a substitute regardless of his reaction to being dropped.
The statement concludes by saying that the “players, coaches and FPF structure is, as it has been since the first day, fully committed and enthusiastic in building what the country wants to be Portugal’s best-ever participation in a World Cup.
Featured Image — Portugal/Cristiano Ronaldo (via Twitter)
Peter Kay issues heartfelt thanks to Manchester fans and teases ANOTHER big announcement
Peter Kay has sent a lovely message to fans in Manchester after making his triumphant return to the live scene last weekend.
The Bolton comedian has just ticked off the first two nights of a mammoth run at the AO Arena, which includes 42 Manchester shows between now and 2025.
On his opening night – his first real venture into the spotlight since he largely stepped away from the public eye 12 years ago – he was moved to tears by the standing ovation he received before he’d even started the show.
And now Peter has issued a heartfelt thank you message.
He said in a statement: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the first shows in Manchester.
“It was incredible to be part of such a happy experience.
“Everybody deserves a bit of joy. Here’s to a lot more in the shows to come!!”
And that’s not all – his post also hinted that there’s yet another announcement to come (because apparently more than 100 tour dates and breaking the internet with ticket demand wasn’t enough).