Things are definitely still a little awkward between Zayn Malik and his former One Direction bandmates. The singer and boy band have talked smack back and forth since Zayn left the group in March, and we’ve rounded up the most shocking disses right here!
Zayn Malik has had some choice words about One Direction since he quit the group eight months ago — and vice versa! From slamming the band’s music to attacking specific members personally, the 22-year-old definitely has not been shy when it’s come to expressing his opinion, and 1D hasn’t been afraid to fire back, either! Relive the most jaw-dropping disses of them all here!
1. Zayn won’t listen to 1D’s music
“It’s not music that I would listen to,” Zayn admitted of 1D’s songs in his recent Fader interview. “I want to make music that I think is cool s**t.” WHOA! He’s made it very clear that his big problem is that he was never able to experiment creatively until he went solo, but this definitely takes things a step further. Kinda harsh and unsupportive for him to say he won’t ever listen to One Direction!
2. Louis & Zayn’s massive Twitter feud
Less than two months after Zayn quit, things really blew up between him and 1D member Louis Tomlinson. In case you forgot, Zayn teamed up with producer Naughty Boy, who had no problem blasting One Direction, once he went solo, and Louis had finally had enough. He called out Naughty Boy for a photo he posted on Twitter, and Zayn eventually jumped in. “Remember that time you had a life and stopped making b*tchy comments about mine?” he wrote. Ouch!
3. Zayn signing solo record deal
When Zayn left One Direction, his reason to the public was that he wanted to be a “normal 22 year-old.” Yet four months later, he proudly signed his own record deal with RCA! Zayn barely wasted any time making a decision that will put him right back in the limelight, and to make matters worse, when he announced the news, he used the hashtag “#realmusic.” WHAT?! Is the singer trying to say 1D doesn’t make “real” music?!
4. 1D brags about new music without Zayn
Psh, One Direction doesn’t even need you, Zayn! Over the summer, Harry Styles gushed about how ‘good’ the group’s music is, even without their fifth member. “It was cool how some of the things came out sounding because actually there was a lot of parts that kind of needs to get written with Zayn in mind and with all of us in mind,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “It’s great, the new stuff sounds good so far, I think? I hope.” Liam Payne also added that Made In The A.M. is the band’s “best album yet.”
5. Louis supporting Calvin Harris over Zayn
Louis and Zayn went at it AGAIN on Twitter in August, and even though Louis didn’t say anything to his former pal directly, he made it clear where his loyalties lie. It all started when Zayn seemingly dissed Taylor Swift for not putting her album on Spotify and Calvin Harris stepped in to defend his lady. As the two went back and forth, Louis entered himself and favorited one of Calvin’s tweets that totally slammed Zayn. Yikes!
6. 1D’s #ThrowbackThursday shade
Back in August, One Direction played a fun game with fans by posting a blurry photo to social media and asking, “Who can guess which video this is?” But the video in question was “Steal My Girl,” which was filmed with Zayn, and the guys noticeably cropped him out of the photo. Fans were pretty furious that the group tried to rewrite history by leaving out such an important part of the video just because Zayn wasn’t in the group anymore!
7. Harry admitting ‘nothing changed’ without Zayn
Although the lads took it pretty hard when Zayn quit, they kept their heads held high, and even admitted that things were perfectly fine without him. “I think it was obviously different, the process, because there was one less of us,” Harry explained in October. “But at the same time, it didn’t change…in terms of writing the album…it didn’t change that much.” Totally unfazed without ya, Zayn! .
8. Replacing Zayn with a potato
In fact, Zayn was so unimportant to the group, that they replaced him with an inanimate object — a potato! During the guys’ appearance in Jimmy Kimmel Live! Nov. 19, Jimmy Kimmel helped add a new member to the band by presenting them with a potato, and the boys were only happy to accept the newest addition.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked Zayn and his former bandmates have dissed each other so many times? Which do you think is the worst?
— Alyssa Norwin