The 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty' singer doesn't think there's anything wrong with the boy band indulging in dope and claims it makes them far better role models for young fans than provocative pop acts like Miley Cyrus.
He ranted in the new issue of Q magazine: ''I saw a photo of Miley Cyrus with her leotard pulled up between the lips of her vagina. Is that all right? Is that f**king cool? And One Direction can't have a joint? They're the bad role models? Come on.''
Paolo added: ''Christ, they're men now. Let's flip it and look at the female global pop stars out there. Sexualisation isn't the problem, it's a case of class.''
The British musician also went on to reveal he smokes marijuana daily and has done so since he was 16 because it ''just keeps you going''.
He raged: ''Can the world please get to grips with marijuana? How long can this go on? Don't get me wrong, give it to the wrong person, marijuana can spawn all kinds of things, but no more so than alcohol. Come on, people have been saying this s**t for 40 f**king years.''
However, Paolo admits smoking so much dope isn't without its perils.
He joked: ''I launched into a chunky KitKat and it took out a tooth.''
He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.