Liam Payne has said the abuse his girlfriend Sophia Smith receives on Twitter is upsetting.
Since their relationship started in July, some One Direction ‘fans’ have been sending death threats and abuse.
Talking to E! News, Liam said: “I think it upsets me a lot more when I read things about her. There is stuff out there you just don’t want to see.
“Sometimes I think it’s kind of hard for her. Lately, for me, Twitter has been a bit twisted and some horrible things get said.”
Giving an example, Liam added: “I had somebody on there the other day who was pretending to be her and tweeted that my mum had died, which is just weird.”
However, Liam revealed he looks out for Sophia, and warns her to ignore the tweets: “I don’t think she looks too much at it to be fair, because I told her not to.”
Away from the abuse, Liam is having the time of his life with One Direction, and said: “I love it, I can’t believe we are about to set foot on a stadium tour next year. That is so crazy, we drove past Wembley – which is the biggest stadium in our country – last week knowing that we’ve sold out three times.
“You would never have expected that to happen. It’s just crazy.”
Finally, after their very busy time together, Liam revealed they’re now taking a short break before the new tour. He said: “I think we have a couple of months off, which is the longest vacation we have had in the history of One Direction.
“There is the next record to be written, so I guess we’ll try to do a bit of that, but most of the time we’ll just slob about and eat rubbish food.”