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Jessica Sansome

ITV GMB's Ranvir Singh thinks about her son after 'interesting' Liam Payne comments on Will Smith hitting Chris Rock

Ranvir Singh was left thinking about her own son after Liam Payne made 'interesting' comments on Good Morning Britain.

The former One Direction star was caught on his way into Elton John's annual Oscars after-party by the ITV news programme's North American correspondent Noel Phillips. All the famous faces who attended the star-studded event were asked about the moment that stole the show - when Will Smith casually walked up onto the stage and took a swipe at comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Liam, 28, was asked about the altercation by Noel with GMB cutting to them live via video link. "I'll be honest with you... Will Smith actually used to live behind my house," he said. "I've had the pleasure of knowing his son and daughter very well and we did Men In Black III with him.

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"I believe whatever he felt that he did he had the right to do and I also felt there were three losers in one fight. He didn't know, being Chris Rock, He didn't do what he had to do, being Will Smith, and she did nothing, being Jada, and it's a very sad thing."

The pop star went on: "But there was a powerful moment for me to watch one of the world's best emoters, ever, speak from the heart. I'd rather take the beauty out the situation than take the pain. But I had to leave my chair, I'll be honest with you. It cut me really deep."

Liam spoke to Noel Phillips shortly after the Oscars concluded (ITV)

Ranvir, 44, ended up airing her own concerns about the on-screen incident after watching Liam talk to Noel. Speaking to her co-stars Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley on Monday morning, she said: "I thought what Liam Payne said was really interesting. He’s a young lad who cries when Will Smith cries, laughs when Will laughs, he’s watched every film."

Ranvir continued: "There are boys who watch that sort of thing and I think it’s really interesting. I've just looked at the time and it’s eighteen minutes past seven and an hour ago I was like, ‘oh well’, but now that my son has woken up and is about to go to school, I’m thinking, ‘I hope he doesn’t see that.'"

Adding on how she usually teaches her nine-year-old son, who is interested in MMA, she said: "I would say, 'Listen you’ve got to control your emotions. If somebody makes a joke you’ve got to walk away, or you go and tell someone'. It's crazy now to think that he would think that's ok."


She then added: "We need to teach boys to manage their emotions around violence. If that happened in a school playground, Will Smith would have been suspended and would have been expelled from school. I know that sounds silly, as it’s the Oscars, but we’re sort of justifying it because he’s famous."

Referring back to Liam's comments, she Ranvir said: "I think for the impact on young boys, Liam Payne’s interview was brilliant." However, Liam's chat got viewers talking due to a change in his accent. Some claimed the singer sounded Irish and American at times and wondered what had happened after saying during his brief interview that he's from Wolverhampton.

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