I want to talk about this for a second.
Of course I feel for Liam with the abuse they received. It breaks my heart that their mental health was completely destroyed by Modest! but I’ll be honest... it doesn’t excuse his actions. It just doesn’t.
Two things can be true at the same time. What Liam went through is god awful, but so is his attitude. That doesn’t negate how I feel about the situation, but it does how I feel about him. My problems with Liam span way beyond this recent interview. It’s not even just the fact that he says or does things that disgust me... it’s that he doesn’t own up to it afterwards. He just keeps going without acknowledging what he’s done wrong.
Liam never discussed his Jeddah performance even though more evidence has come out that the Saudi Arabian government is using celebrities and social media influencers for propaganda. He complained about pride flags at 1D shows claiming it was in defense of Louis and Harry when Louis and Harry have shown nothing but love for the flags. He’s made really elitist comments. He’s reinforced gender roles saying he’d never let Harry babysit Bear because of what he’d dress him in. He’s just problematic. It’d be one thing if he’d own up to these things and grow past them when he’s called out. But he doesn’t. He ignores it.
Call me a fake fan or ignorant all you want. But I’m not going to ignore repeated behavior because of past trauma. Past trauma doesn’t get you a get out of jail free card.
All this paired with the fact that I don’t even really like the music... why should I continue to support? I love One Direction. I always will. But unless Liam owns up to what he’s done wrong... I’m out. I still love him. I still want the best for him in his life especially with his mental health... but I don’t want to continue to support his actions. There’s a line.