Louis Tomlinson told NOW about The Wanted rivalry: ‘I want to speak openly about this because it’s quite frustrating. I remember when I’d just done my first audition on The X Factor and I heard ‘All Time Low’ for the first time.
I thought it was a great song by a great band. We met them on the show and they were nice. It changed all of a sudden. There was one press story where they were bad-mouthing us. I thought maybe that had been twisted.
But then there ended up being about ten stories and they’ve been caught on camera doing little things. I just think, ‘If you want to create that rivalry, then let’s do it.’ We’re not bothered about the friction or the rivalry.
But I’m not going to shy away from it because that isn’t the person I am. I don’t think it’s fair to me or any of the lads. I was going to say something rude then. Or something sexual. But that’s something The Wanted would say.’
Liam told Wonderland: ‘I think there’s a lot of things that the fans don’t know about us. I think our relationship doesn’t really play out as much as people think. People still ask whether we really get on or not, and we genuinely do. A lot of people don’t believe that, they think it’s some fake thing where we have to get on because of the position we’re in.
I think for us, the main thing is that we’ve just kind of been ourselves, that’s what people like. I think a lot of people get into our situation and you hear they’ve changed, but we‘ve just stayed ourselves. In the past, with previous boy bands, I think they felt like they had to meet a stereotype. We’re just ourselves: stupid, immature and quirky.’