Although the five members of One Direction are likely used to receiving angry fan mail, they probably never envisioned getting death threats on behalf of their pets. But that’s what happened to One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne on Sunday, when he tweeted a photo of his and his girlfriend's new puppy Loki.
Rather than reacting with enthusiasm to Loki, many of the band’s fans reacted jealously and began taking out their anger on the dog.
Some of the angry tweets said “@Real_Liam_Payne @DaniellePeazer the dog is not going to see tomorrow if i can help it,” and, another user who created the hashtag #DieLoki, “I’ll kill that dog." The British entertainment blog UnrealityTV.co.uk said some Twitter users even got into the particulars of how they might kill the adorable pooch.
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“Let’s kill him!” one user wrote. “Gun? Knife?” responded another. “Knife! We don’t have guns,” the first user answered.
In spite of those messages, several fans seemed overwhelmingly supportive of the couple’s new canine pal.
“NEW PIC: Pazyer bought a dog and like everything they do its FRIGGIN ADORABLE,” 1DUpdates&Facts tweeted, referring to the couple by the nickname used by fans.
“THIS IS THEE CUTEST THING I'VE EER SEEN,” @kaitykutcher tweeted. “Isn't the new Liam's/Dani's puppy adorable?I love it,” @jo_Horan_lover added.
A Twitter account purportedly belonging to Loki had even garnered over 12,000 followers as of Tuesday.
Loki isn’t the first canine addition to One Direction. Zayn Malik and girlfriend, Perrie Edwards, also have a dog, named Hatchi. The couple reportedly bought him in November.