LIAM Payne whipped up a storm amongst his girlfriend Cheryl’s fans when he called Brazilian singer Anitta “hot” and “sexy” earlier this month.
But the South American warbler insists the former One Direction star was actually talking about Chez.
The pop star told the Daily Star Sunday: “Liam was just being nice, nothing more. My husband was with us and Liam was talking about Cheryl.
“I’ve known all the One Direction boys for years. We are just friends.”
Liam risked upsetting former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl when he made the comments after seeing Anitta at her MTV MIAW show.
When an interviewer asked Liam about getting together with Anitta, he said: “I was hanging out with Anitta, she’s really cool as well.
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“She’s amazing. She’s in London at the moment, I think, which is funny because I’m going to Brazil so we’re, like, swapping.
“We’re going to swap lives but I’m not anywhere near as hot as she is, so…”
Liam later joked that it was useful to know the local word for “beautiful” so he could use it in the future.
Boyband star Liam was away promoting his solo music while Cheryl was working on new tracks back in London and caring for their baby boy Bear.
He wrote on Instagram: “Hey everybody. I am backstage with Anitta and we just wanted to let you know that this young lady is in London on the 28th playing the Royal Albert Hall so make sure you check it out.”
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