X Factor singer calls for Capital star to be fired after wearing Liam Payne quote t-shirt to Summertime Ball
TikTok star Max Balegde has come under fire for the controversial t-shirt he wore to this year’s Capital Summertime Ball. The content creator was interviewing celebrities backstage at the radio station during the music event at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, June 12.
He was pictured at the event in a T-shirt, which featured a clip from a recent viral interview with Liam Payne. Max, who spoke extensively about the viral moment on his TikTok channel, sported a white top that read, “If you don’t take those hands off, chances are you’ll never use them again.”
However, former The X-Factor contestant Katie Waissel called for the influencer to be fired from Capital FM’s network, citing harassment legislation. The singer, who appeared on the seventh season of the ITV show alongside One Direction, tweeted a photo of Max in the shirt which was shared on the radio station’s account.
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The tweet read: “this is your employee – Under the Public Order Act 1986, s4A(1)(b) A person is guilty of an offense if with intent to cause harm harassment, alarm or distress, it displays a writing, sign or other visible representation that is threatening, abusive or insulting.
Max appears to have commented on the tweet, writing, “I beg you don’t get jailed for wearing a quote on a t-shirt” along with a video of Katie performing Solomon Burke’s Don’t Give Up On Me during her time on The X Factor.
T-shirt quote references a segment of Logan Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast where Payne discussed a moment in the five-member band where an unnamed band member pinned him against a wall backstage. During the interview, he also made comments suggesting he was the band’s most successful soloist after the band disbanded in 2015.
“We made the first song…one billion streams,” Payne said on the podcast. “I think it outsold everyone in the band and I was the last to go, and I didn’t expect that.” He also admitted to disliking his former bandmate Zayn Malik, who left the band before their hiatus.
In the interview, Payne said, “There are many reasons I don’t like Zayn and there are many reasons I will always, always be by his side.” However, since widespread backlash, he has since apologized for the comments, taking to Twitter to clarify the situation.
“Guys – I wouldn’t normally comment on this stuff but when it’s your family it’s hard to pass up,” he tweeted, “They mentioned a specific incident involving Zayn which I answered – but listening maybe I didn’t articulate myself as well as I could have.”
In another tweet, he added, “I was saying there will always be things we won’t agree on but I will always, always be on his side. This is family. Zayn is my brother and I will support him forever.” Zayn is believed to have sent a cryptic response to his bandmate by posting an unexpected 8-second video of himself singing One Direction’s 2013 hit You & I to his Instagram on Saturday (June 11).
The star, 29, kept his followers guessing as he posted the video of him singing the words to the song’s chorus in a captionless black and white clip. Do you think the video was a response to Liam’s comments? Let us know in the comment section below.
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