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Liam Payne’s accent left viewers of Good Morning Britain seriously baffled as he gave his two cents on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Appearing on ITV live from LA this morning, the former One Direction star shared his thoughts on the moment Will Smith took to the Oscars stage to slap Chris Rock, after the comedian made a comment about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s haircut.
Referring to Jada’s shaved head, which is a result of alopecia, Chris said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.”
After Jada rolled her eyes at the remark, Will climbed up on stage and hit Chris in the face, before telling him, “Keep my wife’s name out your fu***** mouth.”
‘I believe whatever he felt that he did, he had the right to do.’
‘I had to leave my chair I’ll be honest with you, it cut me really deep.’@LiamPayne reacts to the dramatic moment Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife. pic.twitter.com/OGT4bA8jDi
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 28, 2022
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As he spoke out on the moment from the Oscars after it had happened, Liam Payne’s accent, which appears to have drastically changed from the Wolverhampton twang he’s always had, sparked some major confusion from viewers.
Upon hearing his new-found voice, which fans have dubbed as a mix of Irish, Welsh, American and South African, viewers flocked to social media to air their utter bewilderment.
Is Liam Payne South African now?? Or Welsh?? What is this accent https://t.co/TZLTAcwWVl
— michelle (@fishlessfingers) March 28, 2022
“What in God’s name has happened to Liam’s accent?! He sounds in Payne,” one joked, while another asked, “I spent 19 years growing up in Wales yet Liam Payne somehow has a stronger Welsh accent than me?!”
I’ve just woke up and I’m so confused what is going on and why are they interviewing Liam Payne about it and why is he Irish now?
It’s too much for a Monday morning 😂 https://t.co/KH7MztAEyR
— Autumn Wiberg Roberts (@AutumnRoberts47) March 28, 2022
“Crying at his accent, it’s like an Irish guy who’s lived in America for most of his life is pretending to be Liam Payne,” a third chipped in.
“That slap was so hard it changed Liam Payne’s Wolverhampton accent to a posh London one,” a fourth added.
Everyone’s ignoring the bigger scandal. Liam Payne has a whole new accent. https://t.co/xawuVwhnM6
— Liz Bates (@wizbates) March 28, 2022
“Not entirely sure what I’m struggling to comprehend most – Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars or Liam Payne’s accent when being interviewed about it,” another tweet read.
In the bizarre interview, Liam admitted he felt there was no winner in the situation between Will, Chris and Jada, but opened up about his friendship with Will and his kids, Jaden and Willow.
“Will Smith actually used to live behind my house. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing his son and is daughter very well. I believe whatever he felt that he did, he had the right to do,” Liam said.
“I believe there were three losers in one fight,” he added.