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One Direction's Liam Payne has hit back at critics after he came under fire for appearing to support the controversial stars of reality TV show "Duck Dynasty."

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The patriarch of the reality TV family, Phil Robertson, sparked outrage in December when he compared homosexuality to bestiality, and was briefly suspended from the show by bosses at the A&E network.

Payne revealed he is a fan of the show on Saturday when he took to his Twitter account to send a message of support to Roberston's son Willie, writing, "Huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold (sic). Big fan."

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Gay rights activists expressed outrage and disappointment following the post, but the pop star has now insisted that being a fan of a show doesn't mean he condones the family's controversial views.

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In another post he writes, "Being a fan of someone's show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean I am ok with all they say."