BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has lashed out at One Direction fans for sending him “homophobic death threats” on Twitter.

The gay presenter, 29, took to his own account after a series of messages saying: “Hey 1D fans!!!!! i never mentioned the word ‘Louis’ on my show today so enough with the charming homophobic death threats yeh?”

The onslaught occurred yesterday when Grimshaw and his Radio 1 team decided to discuss which celebrities were more annoying than New Zealand singer Lorde in his daily feature ‘Showquizness’.

While Grimshaw nominated Joey Essex, Kelly Osbourne and Usher, his producer on the show, Ian Chaloner, put forward Louis Tomlinson from One Direction.

Grimshaw was subsequently subjected to a barrage of abuse from One Direction fans on Twitter.

Of course, this isn’t the first time there has been friction between Grimshaw and Tomlinson. The 22-year-old singer was left red-faced after the presenter made a comment about him complaining about the paparazzi in October last year.

In response, Tomlinson decided to blast Grimshaw’s presenting skills, saying he was “not as good” as his predecessor Chris Moyles.

A fan then tweeted at Tomlinson, admitting she’d never been a fan of Grimshaw, to which Tomlinson’s girlfriend Eleanor Calder replied: “Me neither!”