The singer admitted that he was disappointed with the group, who he said were "nice to our faces" but "really trashy" about One Direction to the media.
"The only thing that's bad for me about them is actually they were really nice to our faces, but when it came to talking to the media they were really trashy about us," he told Fabulous magazine.
"We'd never done anything wrong, we were just running around doing our thing. We'd never purposely talk trash about anyone and we still haven't said anything about them now."
On whether One Direction are competitive with The Wanted about US success, he insisted: "I don't think there's any real competition about us.
"They sing dance music. They're real lads' lads whereas we're just mischievous, which I think is different. For me, you just look at Twitter followers, which I think is a big player."
It was recently reported that Payne is dating Leona Lewis.
Watch the music video for One Direction's new single 'Live While We're Young', which is out today (October 1), below: