The Wanted have opened up about their feud with One Direction and insisted that the whole thing started over one silly, misunderstood comment.
The British / Irish boyband have been at war with the X Factor stars for what feels like forever, though things have certainly escalated of late with Max George suggesting that they sort out their differences in a boxing ring sooner rather than later.
However, in a new interview with Heat magazine the hunk insisted that he never intended to go up against or put his band in rivalry with 1D and explained that the whole feud started with a statement he stupidly made in an interview more than two years ago.
“I made a comment ages ago that was completely misread. I said, “Where are they now?” because it was during the transition period of them coming off The X Factor and releasing a single.”
Max insisted that the question was an innocent one and not intended to be mocking or malicious, however it was interpreted differently by One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik and he continued:
“I was just wondering where they were, not making a dig. That comment got blown out of proportion, then Louis said he had no respect for us. Then Zayn started being weird on Twitter.
Tom Parker supported his bandmate and admitted:
“It all escalated.”
Max wants to sort the issues out face to face – even though he claims that 1D chickened out of meeting with them when both bands were in America last December – and he told the magazine that he thinks it’s time to put the war of words behind them, especially as their young fans are all getting so involved.
The ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ singer said:
“I think we’ll sort it out when we see them. I think it should stop, because the fans are getting riled. A lot of their fans are younger than ours, and when you see a 12 year old arguing with a 21 year old and the kind of language that’s used… you don’t want to be the cause of it.”
Max insisted that he wants to put the whole matter to bed and added:
“Well and truly. The only thing that p***ed me off was when Zayn said something that upset my nan. He said I had a certain something. [Zayn called Max “chlamydia boy” last year.]”
We think the bands should sort this whole thing out sooner rather than later, or they are going to face repeats of today’s grim Twitter trends more and more frequently as their fanbases continue to clash online.
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