Liam Payne thinks Harry Styles should be "free to do as he wishes".

Liam Payne and Harry Styles

Liam Payne and Harry Styles

The 27-year-old singer has praised his former bandmate for the flamboyant US Vogue shoot in which he appeared on the cover of the fashion magazine wearing a dress.

Speaking to Capital Breakfast, Liam said: "I thought it was great! I think he’s enjoying himself and he’s free to do as he wishes! And you know I just think that people don’t need to be so bothered about stuff.

"There’s been a lot more stuff going on this year than whether or not he’s wearing the right clothes in someone else’s mind. Just let him go on with it, he’s enjoying himself."

Harry also appeared in Variety magazine donning feminine clothing and he said: "To not wear [something] because it's female clothing, you shut off a whole world of great clothes.

"And I think what's exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn't have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred."

What's more, Liam praised his pal for continuing to be "the same guy" who he grew up with during their time in One Direction and says they have remained friends since the band went on hiatus in 2016.

He gushed: "No for sure, he’s never really lost himself, even in spite of everything. After the band we didn’t speak for a long time actually and then I remember seeing him, it was actually at a Jingle Bell Ball, backstage for the first time in a long time.

"He’s still the same guy he always was when we left each other in that dressing room as the band kind of stopped for a little bit."