The Kooks: We don't have beef with One Direction

Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris

The Kooks insist they don't have "beef" with One Direction after Liam Payne and Luke Pritchard were involved in a Twitter row.

The Kooks insist they don't have "beef" with One Direction.

The indie band's frontman Luke Pritchard and Liam Payne were involved in a Twitter clash last year after a fan tweeted Luke telling him she was also a 'Directioner' and he told her he'd rather her not be a fan of The Kooks if she also loved the 'Midnight Memories' hitmakers.

His band mate Hugh Harris told "Do we have beef with One Direction? No ... we love them, they're lovely people. I think what Luke was speaking out against was more the mechanisms of pop music."

Speaking at the Smirnoff Mix It campaign launch at Tanner & Co in South London, he added: "I don't think he meant anything bad on the actual people. I think the process of creating pop music these days is a little disgusting and I think that's what he was trying to point out."

During the row on Twitter Luke said: "How can you be a fan of something that has no life? I honestly feel so depressed that you are into Kooks.

"Do not like what I do. I'd rather anyone who likes One Direction never follow me. You literally have no idea how upset I am."

Liam then took to Twitter to slam this singer and told him One Direction - also made up of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - were fans of The Kooks.

He wrote: "Sad thing is @lukekook we are/where fans of your band, nice one man verbally attacking your own fans how very rock and roll of you ;) (sic)"

Luke later admitted he had been drinking and apologised, writing: "This whole thing now has gone too far. Gonna say I have my opinions but meant no offence, that's why I took down them there tweets. Love."

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