BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson have gotten into a war of words. And Grimshaw has incurred the wrath of One Direction fans after he openly mocked Tomlinson for being a "complainy pop star."
It all started on Oct. 7, 2013, when Tomlinson, 21 , tweeted from his hotel room in Australia, where One Direction is currently on tour: ""It's a beautiful day and we can't leave the hotel #papsaretw*ts"
(One Direction, the biggest-selling act from "The X Factor," is often been mobbed by fans and paparazzi.)
According to the Daily Mirror, 28-year-old Grimshaw (who has the nicknames Grimmy and Grimmers) was on his BBC Radio 1 show the next day and had this conversation on the air with show producer Matt Fincham:
Grimshaw: "What are you smirking at?"
Fincham: "That tweet you just told me about."
Grimshaw: "Oh yeah. We just saw ... well, we can't talk about it 'cause it's sweary."
Fincham: "Let's just say a pop star is complaining when they have no right to."
Grimshaw: "I love a complainy popstar. It's my favorite thing. All complainy. Ooow, I can't go outside cos I'm famous, ooow. Mask. I'm gonna wear a Fincham mask. If you're gonna go outside, Psy mask."
Then Tomlinson tweeted "@grimmers < @chrisdjmoyles." (Grimshaw replaced Chris Moyles on Radio 1 in 2012.)
Grimshaw then tweeted: "Ooh Stacey got out the wrong side of bed this morning. WITH THE NAIL PAINTING EMOJI. Sh*t just got serious."
One Direction's Zayn Malk then got into the fray by defending Tomlinson and tweeting: "Don't know why people always have to get brave ? Mind your own business :) .. love ya bro. !"
Louis then tweeted: "@zaynmalik Westside!"
Grimshaw (who is openly gay) and Tomlinson have both been the subject of rampant rumors that they are or have been romantically involved with One Direction's Harry Styles, 19. Tomlinson, Grimshaw and Styles have publicly denied these rumors.
Tomlinson and Styles (who lived together from 2010 to 2011) have often been described as "best friends." However, in 2012, Grimshaw took over the "best friend to Harry Styles" title as he began to get closer to Styles. Grimshaw and Styles are practically inseparable when they are in London together.
Tomlinson has repeatedly told fans and the media that his romance with Eleanor Calder (who is a student a the University of Manchester) is real and that he is in a monogamous relationship with her. Calder and Tomlinson have been dating since late 2011.
And what does Calder think about Grimshaw? When a fan tweeted, "I never liked Grimmy anyway," Calder replied, "Me neither!"
Styles has not publicly commented on the feud.