The group of friends behind the ‘Four Lads in Jeans’ viral meme have admitted they can’t remember anything about the night out when the photo was taken.
What started as a random picture snapped by a stranger outside Birmingham’s New Street train station of pals Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney, Jamie Phillips and Alex Lacey has become a bizarre social media sensation.
It first appeared in June before resurfacing last week, making celebrities of the lads in question all over again.
However, they claim it was actually taken 18 months ago and they’d drank so much alcohol on the train from Coventry they can’t remember the night out at all.
Jamie said it was one of only four photos taken that evening because “we were too f”.
“We were going out in Birmingham for a night out. Drinking vodka on the train I think we were,” he told LadBible.
“We’ve come out of the train station, thought we were all just gonna get a picture, we asked a stranger, like, we asked some random, ‘take a photo of us’.”
Connor cut in: “I can’t even remember anything to be honest.”
The photo has seen the lads become the poster boys of various funny posts on Twitter and Facebook, among others.
But some of the memes have portrayed them as racist or thick, just for the way they look and dress, while others suggested the take their own lives.
Asked if they are okay with the impression created of them, Connor said: “Yeah, we’ve gotta be, ain’t we?”
“Some of the comments are just ridiculous, if you were to actually take it on board, and take it to heart, what’s the point?” added Kevin.
Despite some of the more sinister messages they’ve received, the group said they have also been sent some weirder ones they’re not quite sure what to make of.
Connor said an elderly man called Keith sent a photo of himself in his back garden and told him: “If you ever come to Dublin, come for a beer.”
Jamie added: “I’ve just had loads of messages asking who’s the hardest?”
They then joked about going on a world tour once the pandemic is over “whenever they’re ready for us”.
Kevin said: “Someone asked when we’re coming to Australia.”
“When the Covid and that’s done, we’re gone,” added Alex.