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Harry Styles: The Real Reason He Kicked Cardboard Cutout Of Zayn Malik Off Stage

Mon, November 30, 2015 3:55pm EDT by 26 Comments

Is there bad blood between Zayn Malik and Harry Styles? When a fan threw a cardboard cutout of Zayn’s head on stage at a recent One Direction show, Harry promptly kicked it off. We have the EXCLUSIVE details on why Harry hastily gave Zayn’s face the boot!

Although Harry Styles, 21, has never been super vocal about Zayn Malik, 22, leaving One Direction earlier this year, he had no problem kicking his face! Okay, not literally, but a cardboard cutout of Zayn’s face made its way on stage while the 1D guys were performing in Mexico City Nov. 26, and Harry seemed to throw some major shade by kicking it right off. But was shade his intention? A source told us the truth!

“Harry Styles thought it was pretty funny to see the cutout of Zayn’s head on stage. He laughed it off and didn’t really think about it much afterwards,” an insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “It was inadvertent shade when he kicked it off stage because he tries to remove anything in his way when stuff is thrown on stage. For the most part he was happy it wasn’t a cell phone or something hard that could have potentially hurt him. He has had a history of getting things thrown at him on stage that has really hurt so this was a pleasant change of pace. He’ll take cardboard any day because anything is better than a bottle or something else to the face.” To hear more about Zayn, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!

It sounds like Harry was acting in self defense more than anything! Even if Harry didn’t intentionally mean to diss his ex-bandmate by kicking the cutout off stage, he certainly had no mercy on Zayn’s face when he gave it quite the punt! In case you missed the vid, take a look and see what you think of Harry’s kick!

Plus, during 1D’s recent visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Harry was the first to admit that there’s still some tension between Zayn and the guys. And considering Zayn totally dissed One Direction’s “uncool” music in an interview with Fader magazine, we’re thinking there was at least a little bit of spite in Harry kicking Zayn’s face off stage!

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Did you think Harry was throwing shade by kicking Zayn’s cardboard cutout, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised to hear that he actually didn’t think anything of it? Tell us below!