Blame it on the booze.
Liam Payne has finally addressed his “ever-changing” accent which shot to viral fame following a hilarious post-Oscars interview.
Viewers of the Academy Awards were shocked for a number of reasons this year, with the most obvious being Chris Rock getting slapped by Will Smith live on stage. However, there was another viral moment to come out of the ceremony.
Talking to Good Morning Britain, the 28-year-old musician and One Direction star had developed an accent no one could place as he discussed the evening’s events on the red carpet. Some suggested it was very eastern-European while others claimed it had more of an American twang to it.
Basically, he sounded nothing like the Wolverhampton-born lad who won X Factor back in 2010.
But now, the artist has set the record straight – claiming his accent tends to change depending on who he’s hanging around with at any given time.
Just heard Liam Payne’s Oscar accent again and it is has made my morning
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“This was in Oscars week – the ever changing accent,” Payne told his followers via Instagram live on Monday. “I’m good at accents, I pride myself on them! I just wish sometimes I could do my own.”
He continued: “What can I say about that really? It was quite funny. I had asked Good Morning Britain, the presenter, I said, “Please don’t ask me too much because I’ve had a lot to drink and I’m under-ly educated about the Oscars [sic].
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“The very first question the man asked me was, “What do you think about Will Smith?” Now can you imagine, imagine being put on the spot in that moment and knowing, “I can’t say anything wrong because I’m gonna upset someone” and I just did the best I could.”
The former One Direction singer said he stands by what he said but he’s “sorry it came out in so many accents!” He’s not even sure if he could recreate the iconic moment.
“That day – I’ll tell you the truth – I was staying in a house with two German people, three people from Texas, one person from Liverpool and me. It sounded like one of those jokes people say where an Irishman and an Englishman walk into a pub,” he pointed out, noting that his accent changes depending on his company.
“‘But it was funny, wasn’t it?” he concluded.