Zayn Malik slams ex-1D pal Louis
By DAN WOOTTON Head of Showbiz published 9 hours ago
THEY were the Batman and Robin of ONE DIRECTION, getting into scrapes and always ending up side-by-side as best mates.
But yesterday the special relationship between LOUIS TOMLINSON and his ex- bandmate ZAYN MALIK came crashing down for the entire world to see.
The pair had been thick as thieves, especially after they were caught on video smoking a roll-up joint together on tour last May.
Trouble, however, has been brewing since Zayn quit the band in March and quickly entered the studio with his best mate, the super-producer NAUGHTY BOY.
And yesterday after a fair bit of provocation, Zayn, right, told Louis on Twitter: “Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?”
His blasting of his once-close pal came after a row between Louis and Naughty Boy.
Louis decided to mock the La La La hitmaker — real name SHAHID KHAN — after he posted a selfie of himself and Zayn together in the studio.
Referring to the picture, Louis wrote: “Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool! Some people still do HA!”
Naughty Boy hit back: “and some people can’t even sing.”
Louis then typed: “How does it feel to be riding on the back of someone else’s career?”
Naughty Boy, who helped launch the careers of SAM SMITH and EMELI SANDE, responded: “Yeah how does it feel? You’ve been doing that for the last five years.”
Louis retaliated: “I think we’ve done all right in terms of sales and I’ve happened to write on most.”
Zayn was clearly fed up with the battle and intervened.
A source close to the producer said: “Naughty Boy feels very protective of Zayn because it’s been a hard time.
“Zayn knows it was unnecessary and bitchy of Louis to start all of this.”
Before the row, Louis had been at a Hollywood nightclub in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The singer left The Argyle with a group of female clubbers and made a rude hand gesture.
Maybe he’d had a few too many drinks when he turned keyboard warrior …