As Liam Payne, 24, flew solo on the 2017 Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards red carpet, he told us all about that mad exit from the stage during Saturday night’s X Factor live show.
After finishing his performance of Bedroom Floor, the singer went to walk off at the rear of the stage as host Dermot O’Leary wrapped up the show.
Then, all of a sudden, the One Direction star circled back behind Dermot, and interrupted the live show to grab his girlfriend, Cheryl, 34, from her seat and exit through the crowd – who were understandably beside themselves at the sight.
Now speaking exclusively to Mirror Online, Liam revealed just why he exited in such an awkward manner.
Saying he was told “to go the wrong way”, he added: “Producers told me to go this way and it looked like I was going out the front, bossed off the stage and took my missus and buggered off.
“But that’s what I got told to do and I got so much stick for it.
“It was hilarious, storming off the stage and taking my missus.”
While walking the red carpet, Liam also told Mirror Online Cheryl had stayed home to look after their six-month-old son Bear.
Looking dapper in black, the former One Direction star beamed as he made his way into the event, stopping to hug award winner Moin Younis.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Online he praised the event and explained his girlfriend was back at home looking after baby Bear.
He said: “Our country has been through a lot this year and it’s important to celebrate these unsung heroes. People been saying to me you develop a different emotional understanding now you are a dad and it’s so true. I don’t know what it is but I definitely feel it more.”
He went on to say he was gutted “Uncle Simon” wasn’t there to watch him perform on the X Factor this weekend but had heard through Cheryl that the music mogul was doing well.
The couple are notoriously private about their personal life, having attended just a handful of red carpets together during their two-year relationship.
From Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, through to Prince William, the creme de la creme of the A-list turned out to honour the UK’s unsung heroes at London’s Grosvenor House.
Strutting her stuff on the ruby rug, Holly Willoughby dazzled in a lilac gown by Georges Hobeika, while former Strictly Come Dancing star Ola Jordan sizzled in an embellished black and gold dress.
Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine Martin were couples goals, with the Take Me Out host looking smooth alongside his striking spouse who stole the show in head-to-toe gold.
Former Blue Peter presenter Connie Huq looked sexy in satin, while Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt – who attended with her mum Betty – opted for a classic style, pairing a black suit with a pink tube top and a killer smoky eye.
Marvin and Rochelle Humes put on a sizzling display, with Rochelle showing off her killer cleavage.
The X Factor‘s Nicole Scherzinger was a vision in white, and Peter Andre looked dapper in a black suit, while his wife Emily MacDonagh went for a quirky look in a floor-length black and white dress.
Carol Vorderman – who has presided over the ceremony since its inception in 1999 – shared a photograph of herself in rehearsals earlier today.
Wearing a simple – yet chic – striped dress and ankle boots, the 56-year-old went make-up free, and joked: “At rehearsal for @PrideOfBritain tonight, wearing my make up free scary Halloween look.
She added: “jeez I hope I scrub up better than this later.”
In the past year, Carol has lost her good friend and 2006 Pride of Britain winner, astronaut Piers Sellers, to pancreatic cancer, and her friend Mandy Berry (who was also PA to her manager) died following a horse riding accident earlier this month.
She also lost her 89-year-old mother to cancer in June.
With so much loss in her life, Carol explained last week that it has made this years’ awards feel more poignant than ever.
“It is uplifting for me in a personal sense,” she admits. “Bad things happen all the time so we have to protect the good things.
Pride of Britain winners were selected from tens of thousands of nominations sent in by Daily Mirror readers and ITV viewers, and handed in at TSB branches.
A team of researchers sifted through thousands of stories and contacted hundreds of charities and the emergency services to add to the shortlist.
Winners were then chosen by a panel of distinguished judges. Paul Pester, CEO of TSB, said: “The Pride of Britain Awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of people right across the country.
“The dedication, commitment and courage of all nominees and winners is inspirational. The awards are a great way to celebrate the character of the people of Britain across the length and breadth of the country.”
The Awards will be screened on November 7 on ITV.