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The Schmooze

‘Call Me!’: Este Haim Photobombs ‘One Direction’ Singer Liam Payne

“It felt right! It felt right!” the Haim sisters sing in their hit song “The Wire.” One imagines that nothing has ever felt more right to Haim bassist Este Haim than photobombing former boy band-er Liam Payne and his wife Cheryl Payne as they were interviewed at an awards dinner, mouthing, “Call me!”

At the Brit Awards on Wednesday night, worlds collided. Girlband met boyband. Single woman met married couple. Medium famous person met significantly-more-famous-but-only-in-one-demographic person. I could go on but I won’t. Straight to the GIFs!

Here are the very important Haim sisters. They are a rock band of Jewish sisters and they are icons in the making. There’s Este on the right, looking like Chelsea Clinton if Chelsea Clinton was allowed to be free:


Here is the now disbanded pop group One Direction. I am going to be honest, I do not know which one Liam Payne is, and I could not tell even after copious Googling. I think he is one of the two on the far right.


Now, are you ready? Here is the photobomb:

That’s Este in the floral, wearing some kind of wreath on her head. You can see that her bemused sisters are wearing matching head-wreaths.

Delightfully, many people were unable to identify the female rock star, calling her a “drunk woman”:

Graciously, Este Haim set them straight:

We think this calls for a boy band-girl band crossover.


Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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