Did Liam Payne’s first solo single diss One Direction?


Liam Payne has released his first solo single, titled "Strip That Down," in which he seems to be dissing his former band One Direction, fans say.

"You know I used to be in 1D, now I'm out free," Payne sings in his new song. "People want me for one thing, that's not me. I'm not changing the way that I used to be, I just want to have fun and get rowdy."

Many fans were quick to notice that one line, noting he wasn't "in prison" but also crying about the fact that he seems to confirm that One Direction isn't getting back together after their so-called hiatus.

"I was boppin hard to up until he said the 1D line... YOU WEREN'T IN PRISON LIAM LETS CHILL," one Twitter user wrote.

"One half of me bopping to and the other half crying about the 1d line," another wrote.

However, according to Payne's fan site The Daily Payne, Payne was "very worried about this line" when he was writing the song and "never wanted it to be taken in a negative light."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liam Payne and Cheryl attending The Fayre of St James's Church on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liam Payne attends the Fayre of St James's hosted by Quintessentially Foundation and the Crown Estate in aid of Cheryl's Trust in support of The Prince's Trust on November 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Liam Payne attends the World Premiere of 'I Am Bolt' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 09: (L-R) Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Cheryl Cole (L) and her boyfriend Liam Payne, member of 'one direction' arrive at the Chopard Trophy Ceremony at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Chopard)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne at Salmontini restarant on March 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction attend the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Adele with her Best British Female Solo Artist award on stage with award presenters Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson at the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Liam Payne is seen at LAX on January 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Singers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Mark Davis/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Genting Arena on December 10, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artists Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction arrives at the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Staples Center on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artists Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction perform at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2015 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artist Liam Payne of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM�s Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 01: (L - R) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction attend the iHeart Radio 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball at the American Airlines Center on December 1, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 01: Liam Payne of One Direction performs during 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball at American Airlines Center on December 1, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction pose in the press room at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Recording artists Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of 'One Direction' arrive at the 2015 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Liam Payne of One Direction poses in the press room at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Liam Payne of One Direction performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2015/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Liam Payne of the band 'One Direction' is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of the band 'One Direction' is seen performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Liam Payne of the band 'One Direction' is seen performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Liam Payne seen arriving at BBC Maida Vale Studios to record The Live Lounge on November 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Liam Payne of the band 'One Direction' is seen at ABC studios in Hollywood on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Liam Payne of One Direction at BBC Radio 2 on November 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Liam Payne arrive at Cirque le Soir night club in Central London on November 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
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"I don't think it's a case of 'now we're moving on' sort of thing, it's more so the freedom to write the music you want to write, and I think that's what this hiatus is for everybody," he said.

Payne's solo deal follows the departure of Zayn Malik from the group in 2015. And in June of last year, fellow One Direction member Harry Styles signed his own solo deal with Columbia Records. Since the announcement of the hiatus, the band members have attempted to reassure fans that they will reunite following their hiatus.

Styles released his debut studio album on May 12 of this year. A representative for Payne has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Listen to Payne's new song, and see some Twitter reactions below.

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#StripThatDown "you know i use to be in 1D" IM SCREAMING @LiamPayne
one half of me bopping to #stripthatdown and the other half crying about the 1d line https://t.co/Y6n3cNf7A9
I was boppin hard to #StripThatDown up until he said the 1D line... YOU WEREN'T IN PRISON LIAM LETS CHILL https://t.co/J3dnAYdYnu
I'm so disappointed by this song 😭😭😭 and I am highly offended by that like like don't dis what made you zAyn 2.0 😡#StripThatDown
"Used to be in 1D, now I'm out free". WTF LIAM JAMES PAYNE???? #StripThatDown https://t.co/a1l23KrYEv
A little upset about "you know I used to be in 1D, now I'm out free" 😩 but still sick a good song I can't be mad #StripThatDown @LiamPayne ✨
@LiamPayne #STRIPTHATDOWN #OneDirection is he tryna dissing 1d ?!?!? or is this a hint towards the 1d split?!?? when r they gonna come back?
Oh hell nah @LiamPayne is dissing the band that made him who he is? No way bro 1D made you cmon man! 😡
It's really sad to see him dissing on the band that made him famous. What up bro? Nobody would've known you if it w… https://t.co/foXVIfexUS
@LiamPayne your first single is REALLY gonna be about dissing 1d ok liam good job
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