Well this could have been really uncomfortable! Zayn Malik hasn’t seen his former One Direction bandmates since quitting 1-D in 2015, and now he’s come face to face with Niall Horan AMAs. See how they handled the awkward moment!
So sweet! Niall Horan, 23, was finally under the same roof as his former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik, 23, at the 2016 AMAs on Nov. 20, and he wasn’t about to let the opportunity to reconnect pass him by! The Irishman went out of his way to greet his old buddy after his stellar performance, and it was so cute! Unfortunately, Zayn seemed a little freaked out in a photo snapped by fans of the encounter.
zayn: *war flashback to Girl Almighty* pic.twitter.com/9malINhpPf
— neila (@hesadoresnjh) November 21, 2016
“He was very surprised and appeared ‘shellshocked’ afterwards,” an eyewitness told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He was not anticipating it at all.” However, Niall was planning the moment from before the show even started. “I haven’t spoken to him in a few months or whatever, and haven’t seen him in a while, so I’m looking forward to seeing him,” Niall told ET. He probably wasn’t expecting Zayn to diss the band just minutes later while receiving an award.
Niall was on hand to perform his first solo effort “This Town” during the Nov. 20 ceremony and Zayn was there to support his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, 21, in her first big TV hosting gig. It was only a matter of time before Zayn was in the same room with one of his former bandmates and the show’s producers made sure the guys had plenty of distance between them, seating the guys as far apart as possible inside the Microsoft Theater.
When Zayn released his first solo album Mind of Mine, he dissed on 1-D nonstop. “I think I always wanted to go, from the first year, really,” he told Beats 1 Radio‘s Zane Lowe in Jan. of wanting to leave 1D. “I never really wanted to be there in the band, I just gave it a go because it was there at the time.” That came across as such a diss to the band that made him famous. “When I realized the direction we were going in, mind the pun, with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I couldn’t put any input in.” Even though he had harsh words about being in the band, it’s great that he’s still pals with members like Niall.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Zayn and Niall’s first interaction?