One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has said that he will not shy away from a rivalry with The Wanted. Tomlinson told Now that he was initially a fan of the fellow boyband before they started bad-mouthing his group in the press.
"I want to speak openly about this because it's quite frustrating," Tomlinson said. "I remember when I'd just done my first audition on The X Factor and I heard 'All Time Low' for the first time. I thought it was a great song by a great band. We met them on the show and they were nice."
He added: "It changed all of a sudden. There was one press story where they were bad-mouthing us. I thought maybe that had been twisted. But then there ended up being about ten stories and they've been caught on camera doing little things."
Tomlinson added: "I just think, 'If you want to create that rivalry, then let's do it.' We're not bothered about the friction or the rivalry. But I'm not going to shy away from it because that isn't the person I am. I don't think it's fair to me or any of the lads."
Tomlinson has previously said that he would be happy for The Wanted to support One Direction, before appearing to mock the group.
"I was going to say something rude then. Or something sexual," he added. "But that's something The Wanted would say."
The Wanted's Max George recently admitted that the groups are "not the best of friends" and accused the group of making "little comments in interviews when we're mentioned".
Previously, George claimed that there was "no rivalry there", with his bandmate Tom Parker adding that "they're doing their thing and we're doing our thing and I think it's just great with the two British bands in the US".
Earlier this year, George had said that his group was "more of a music band" than One Direction, who were "more faces, if you know what I mean".
Speaking before One Direction topped the US Billboard album chart with their debut, George added: "Our song ['Glad You Came'] is number four in the charts... Maybe when they have a song right next to us in the charts over there, they'll be competition."
Liam Payne had said that while The Wanted were nice to their faces, they were "really trashy" about his band in the media.
The Wanted's Nathan Sykes suggested earlier this year that the rivals could collaborate for a charity single and suggested that the media had attempted to invent a rivalry between the groups.
The full Louis Tomlinson interview appears in Now magazine, available tomorrow (November 6).