Where to start?
At One Direction’s concert in Minneapolis on Sunday, Louis Tomlinson had seemingly had enough of the tyranny inherent in Liam Payne’s continual, day-in-day-out insistence upon wearing a shirt, tearing it open with such ferocity that Payne wasn’t able to close it back up.
Check out the video, but beware of screaming:
Because we here at EW believe in being as thorough as possible in our research, here’s an utterly flabbergasted Payne realizing what Tomlinson had done:
One industrious fan even slowed down a video of Payne strutting down the runway with his shirt flapping open, because why else was the Internet even invented?
Finally, for any of you who may doubt Tomlinson’s strength and perseverance, here’s a close-up which shows that Payne’s shirt had indeed torn:
Payne Tweeted after the show, thanking “Tommo” for ripping his shirt:
In the face of Tomlinson’s determination, what, indeed, can anyone do? Certainly not keep themselves from being purple-nurpled:
Last year, Payne caught wind of some criticism directed his way about his weight, so he took to Instagram to share his BMI and to defend himself from the really very ridiculously rude, writing, “Do I have to look like an Olympic swimmer just to get your approval?”
Now just because I'm sick of seeing this everyday so I just want to clear up what the media do to people these days. Is it wrong to be normal? Or do I have to look like an Olympic swimmer just to get your approval into the cool kids or can I accept that the person I truly love thinks I'm the coolest kid in town anyway? Think I'll vote the second one ;) enjoy your day people
However, it did seem as if he took the comments to heart. When One Direction’s On the Road Again tour launched in January, Payne wore hoodies onstage even in the stifling heat.
In addition, he told Sugarscape earlier this summer that he was working on losing weight after gaining a few pounds during the tour break. “I got fat jibes thrown at me out of nowhere — I’ve never been called fat before — and everyone was saying I was fat. The problem was that there was one stage where I got really muscly, and it was sound, but then when you’re not muscly you’ve raised the bar so high that you’re ‘fat.’
“I was like, ‘How do I win?’ So, I’ve had to get back in the gym,” he continued. “Me and the girlfriend [Sophia Smith] have been doing little runs in the morning and stuff. We did a nice two-mile run this morning – when you can see each other sweaty, you know it’s fine.”
That said, it appears as if Payne is once again confident in his body and that Tomlinson knows it, if the arm-flexing and gesturing at his bandmate in the video above are any indication. Just normal friend things! Just guys being dudes.
And of course, we love Payne in all the ways — “muscly” or otherwise.