A whirlwind promotional tour took Liam Payne to Brazil on Tuesday afternoon.
But the One Direction star’s appearance in South America comes after he openly praised buxom Latina star Anitta on Mexican TV, potentially facing a tongue-lashing from long-term girlfriend Cheryl in the process.
Liam, 23, called the Brazilian star, 25, real name Larissa de Macedo Machado, ‘hot’ after recounting a chance meeting with her at the Latin American MTV MIAW show.
'I was hanging out with Anitta, she’s really cool as well,' he recalled. 'She’s amazing. She’s in London at the moment, I think, which is funny because I’m going to Brazil so we’re like swapping.'
He added: 'We’re going to swap lives but I’m not anywhere near as hot as she is, so...'
The singer, who is currently promoting new single Familiar in Latin America, also complimented Anitta's voice, describing it as 'sexy.'
Liam had previously raved about the sultry singer in an Instagram post shared with followers on Tuesday.
Sharing a shot of himself and Anitta backstage, he took the time to promote her forthcoming trip to the UK, where she commands a smaller fanbase.
'Hey everybody. I am backstage with Anitta and we just wanted to let you know that this young lady is in London on the 28th playing the Royal Albert Hall so make sure you check it out,' he captioned the image.
Pals: Liam had previously raved about the sultry singer in an Instagram post shared with followers on Tuesday
Liam's comments may well land him in Cheryl's bad books after previously embarrassed his girlfriend by telling Radio 1 listeners she was on the toilet during a recent interview.
His new single Familiar focuses on pursuing a potential love interest in a night club, while teaming Latin-inspired sounds with his signature R&B music.
Liam - who is 10 years younger than Cheryl - recently revealed he sat at the kid's table at their son Bear's first birthday party.
The singer dished the details of the celebrations on the Graham Norton Show, which aired on Friday.
During the surprising confession, the Strip That Down hitmaker told the host: 'I sat at the kids' table and had a great time!'
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