It’s been a year and a half since Zayn Malik left One Direction, and while he’s sometimes looked back fondly on his time in the group, he’s also publicly slammed his former bandmates on plenty of occasions. Relive his worst 1D disses here!
1. AMAs Acceptance Speech
Zayn Malik, 23, won his first big award as a solo singer when he accepted Best New Artist at the American Music Awards on Nov. 20 — but he just couldn’t resist throwing shade at One Direction onstage. “This one just has my name on it, right?” he joked, while checking out the trophy. Ouch!
2. Dazed Magazine Interview
Zayn admitted in June that he simply “didn’t feel good” when he was a member of 1D. “You need to be able to express what it is that you are,” he explained. “I’m free at last.”
3. NME Magazine Interview
“I tried to have contact [with One Direction] but nobody’s reached out,” he told NME. “So…whatever.”
4. Beats 1 Interview
“I never really wanted to be there in the band,” Zayn said. “I just gave it a go because I was there at the time. 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.”
5. Billboard Interview
“Certain people have pride issues,” he scoffed, after revealing he didn’t keep in touch with the guys from 1D. “But it’s stuff you overcome in time.” OUCH! He also admitted that One Direction’s music was “never cool” to him and that he decided NOT to buy the guys’ post-Zayn album, Made In the A.M., after hearing the second single, “Perfect.”
6. Entertainment Weekly Interview
“It’s not music that I would listen to,” Zayn explained, of One Direction’s tunes. “I want to make music that I think is cool s***.”
7. Fader Interview
“I won’t be able to give you one standout moment where I was like, ‘[Leaving] is what I want to do,” he told the mag. “Because I guess I just kind of always knew.”
8. Twitter feud
This one was personal. After Louis Tomlinson got in a Twitter war with Zayn’s then-friend, Naughty Boy, the 23-year-old got involved himself. “Remember when you had a life and stopped making b***hy comments about mine?” he tweeted at his former bandmate. NOOO!
HollywoodLifers, which of Zayn’s 1D disses do you think was the worst? Do you think the feud between Zayn and the guys will ever end?