Have something to say? After Liam PayneHe candidly expressed his disapproval for One Direction alumni Zayn Malik, it seems that the “Pillowtalk” singer has weighed in.
“‘Cuz you and I,” Malik, 29, belted out his section of the chorus from One Direction’s “You & I” single in an Instagram video posted on Friday, June 10. The black-and-white clip shows Malik singing eight seconds from the 2013 song into a handheld mic. Behind Malik, eagle-eyed fans spotted several of the band’s accolades, including a Brit Award and an honor from BBC Radio 1.
“ZAYN YOU HAVE SUMMONED THE WHOLE FANDOM,” one social media user wrote via Instagram comment. Another added: “Love that you still sing this 💗.”
While the “Dusk Till Dawn” singer has yet to further address his throwback post, it comes on the heels of Payne’s controversial comments about their bond.
“There are many reasons why [I’m not a fan of Zayn and] many reasons why I’ll always, always be on his side,” Payne, 28, revealed during an appearance on the “Impaulsive” podcast with Logan Paul last month. “Listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions. I can’t commend some of the things that he’s done. I can’t be on his side for that. What I can say is I understand and your only hope is that at some point in their life, the person at the other end of the phone wants to receive the help that you’re willing to give them.”
He further claimed: “If I had had to go through what he went through with his growth and whatever else. My parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times. In that sense, Zayn was raised differently. … You can always look at the man for where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever, that guy’s a d–k.’ But at the end of the day, once you’re understanding what he’s been through to get to that point — and also whether or not he wanted to be there.”
Payne and Malik were first introduced in the year 2000. Simon CowellThe rest of the X Factor Mentors decided to place them in a boy band along with Harry Styles, Louis TomlinsonAnd Niall HoranIn 2010. The group finished third on the U.K. contest series. They enjoyed international success after-show, before taking an indefinite hiatus for 2016. (Malik, on the other hand, had left the group one-year earlier.
After the “Strip That Down” singer — who shares son Bear, 5, with ex Cheryl Cole — told Paul, 27, about his boy band experience, he later clarified his remarks about Malik.
“I wouldn’t normally comment on this stuff but when it’s your family it’s hard to let it slide,” Payne tweeted earlier this month. “They mentioned a specific incident involving Zayn which I responded to — but listening back maybe I didn’t articulate myself as well as I could have. … I was saying that there will always be things we disagree on but that I will always, always be on his side. That’s family. Zayn is my brother and I will stand by him forever.”
Malik — who shares daughter Khai, 20 months, with ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid — has seldom sung a 1D track since his 2015 band departure though has been insistent that he remains on good terms with his former group.
“We’re in touch. Everything is on a civil level,” the “Vibez” artist exclusively told Us Weekly in September 2017, noting he would “never say never” to a potential reunion. “It’s not the way it used to be, obviously, because we were spending 24 hours a day in the band and now we’re growing as individual men, but we still check in.”