LIAM Payne was left cringing after Brit Awards host Jack Whitehall introduced him as Naomi Campbell’s “squeeze” on stage last night.
The former One Direction hunk, 25, awkwardly walked to the podium with supermodel Winnie Harlow to present an award after funnyman Jack’s teasing intro.
Reuters Liam Payne cringes after he is introduced as Naomi Campbell’s squeeze alongside ‘Winnie Harlow’
Rex Features Jack Whitehall warned Liam not to cross his supermodel lover
Whitehall, 30, didn’t miss the chance to pun on the singer’s name as he jokingly said he would be in a world of “Payne” if he crossed the catwalk icon.
Addressing viewers on the biggest night in British music, Fresh Meat star Jack said: “Now it’s time for our next award.
“To present it, a supermodel [Winnie Harlow] and supermodel Naomi Campbell’s current squeeze.
“His surname’s Payne, which is what he’ll be in a world of if he crosses her – it’s Liam Payne and Winnie Harlow.”
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AFP or licensors Liam and supermodel Winnie presented an award at the Brits last night
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It made for an awkward time on stage for Liam – who quickly mumbled the words: “Good evening O2 arena how’re you feeling?”
He then chatted to stunning Winnie, 24, with the pair sharing scripted niceties.
It makes a stark change to Liam’s appearance at last year’s Brits – which he attended with then long-term girlfriend Cheryl.
The couple – who had just welcomed baby Bear to the world – were snapped smiling happily together despite rumours of a rift between them
They went on to split just months later.
EPA Liam arriving at the awards ceremony in London’s O2 Arena last night
Before last night’s awards, Liam had just returned from spending Valentine’s Day in New York with supermodel Naomi, 48.
He was snapped leaving her apartment last week – after being told not to get too attached to her.
A source said: “Naomi has told Liam she is enjoying having fun but that is all she is ready for at the moment. She has said she’s found him a bit too clingy and full-on and does not want a committed relationship at this stage.
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“He accepted it but was a bit crushed. He is in awe of her and is finding it tough that she is so strong-willed and the one in control.
“Liam seems to be a bit of a puppy dog around her and friends have warned him the situation is a car crash waiting to happen.”
The Sun on Sunday broke the news of Liam and Naomi’s secret romance earlier this month, as we revealed he had told pals of their “mind-blowing” trysts.
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