Liam Payne corrected people who accused him of dating a minor, but his critics are still unhappy

Liam Payne and Maya Henry have reportedly been dating for a year.

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Liam Payne and Maya Henry have reportedly been dating for a year.
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  • Former One Direction singer Liam Payne is being called out by people on Twitter for defending his relationship with 19-year-old Instagram model Maya Henry.
  • After Payne tweeted that his girlfriend was actually 19, not 18 as some were claiming, he urged his followers, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”
  • But instead, users took aim at the 26-year-old singer for dating someone so much younger than him, calling their relationship “weird.”
  • Others even highlighted Payne’s past relationship with former “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole, who’s 10 years older than the singer, and first met him when he was a teenager auditioning on the British talent show.
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People on Twitter are calling out former One Direction singer Liam Payne for defending his relationship with 19-year-old Instagram model Maya Henry.

After a Twitter user posted a series of screenshots suggesting that Henry was actually 18, not 19, Payne himself responded to the tweet – and caused a significant amount of backlash for saying that Henry was actually “19, don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” complete with an eye-roll emoji.

Most people pointed out that a relationship between a 26-year-old and a 19-year-old was still slightly weird – especially considering that Payne and Henry have reportedly been together for a year, which would mean that they met and started dating when she was just 18.

Twitter user SexAtOxbridge posted the tweet that seemingly started the backlash against Payne.

She also created an exhaustive Twitter thread of the relationship timeline, sharing screenshots and past articles about Henry’s quinceañera and her brother’s birthday celebrations in the Daily Mail as “evidence” that Henry was actually 18, not 19 – which would make her 17 when she met Payne.

Other users joined SexAtOxbridge in taking things a step further, agreeing with her analysis of Payne and Henry’s relationship.

Users also suggested that Henry was an avid One Direction fan who first met the band when she was just 15, and called Payne a “groomer.”

And some were surprised that Payne was so up-in-arms about clarifying the age difference between himself and Henry. Payne famously met his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, when he was 14 years old and auditioning for British talent show “The X Factor,” on which Cole was a judge. The two confirmed their relationship in 2016.

“She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace,” Payne said of Cole in a 2017 interview.

Payne and Cole, who’s 10 years his senior, officially dated from 2016 to 2018, and have one child, son Bear, 2, together. A few users even urged Payne to check up on Bear instead of fighting on Twitter.

But of course, some users weren’t bothered at all by the age gap, instead wishing Payne and Henry nothing but happiness.

Representatives for Payne and Henry didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.