They’re doing just fine since the departure of Zayn Malik, and the lads of One Direction stopped by the “Late Late Show with James Corden” on Thursday night (May 14) to chat about their reduced number.
In their first television appearance since becoming a foursome, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles resisted candy-coating their true feelings.
It’s no secret that social media isn’t the most helpful arena for sorting out conflict, and when Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson threw down on Twitter yesterday (May 6) One Direction fans took aim at the recently departed band member.
After Mr. Malik slammed Louis with his tweet, “@Louis_Tomlinson remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?” he began receiving backlash from the boy band’s fan club.
Things have been understandably tense between Zayn Malik and the rest of One Direction ever since his abrupt departure, and now some of that vitriol has made its way into the social media realm.
It all started earlier today when Louis Tomlinson began sparring with producer Naughty Boy, who posted a photo of himself with Zayn. Tomlinson wrote, “@NaughtyBoyMusic Jesus forgot you were such an in demand producer .... How does it feel to be riding on the back of someone else's career?”
He’s been maintaining radio silence ever since announcing his departure from his popular boy band, and Zayn Malik finally reached out to One Direction fans via Twitter.
The 22-year-old English heartthrob tweeted, “Wanna say thanks to everyone that’s been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all. You know who you are x. The x is a kiss by the way ha it’s not a mystery… sorry to any confused.”
In the course of a few weeks, Zayn Malik’s entire personal and professional life has undergone a massive overhaul thanks to his abrupt exit from One Direction.
And mentor Simon Cowell told press that he’s excited to see what the “Kiss You” singer does next, though he should first take a breather from everything that’s been going on. He explained, “Look, he’s got to get his head together a little bit. He needs time eon his own, as he said, to be a normal 22-year-old, which he’s gonna have.” When asked if he’s helping Malik work on a solo career, Simon stated, “I can’t give anything away.”
Proving that the show must go on, the members of One Direction just released a new promotional poster for the On The Road Again Tour 2015 and Zayn Malik is no longer in the picture.
Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles all look bright-eyed and excited in the new artwork, despite the fact that their longtime bandmate and brother decided to jump ship last month.