Now, Liam Payne is speaking out on Malik and the split, telling British radio host Nick Grimshaw about everything in an interview on Monday. Payne said:
"One Direction was never Zayn's sort of music so he kind of always wanted to find something else. If your heart's not into something you can't just carry on doing it because of fame and stuff. You have to go and do what you want to do."
Payne, who congratulated Malik on the record deal and thought it was cool his ex-bandmate was off doing his own thing, also quashed rumors about any hate for Malik remaining in the band:
"There's too much history for there not to be love. But it's nice that we've banded together and I feel like we're stronger than ever now actually, which is strange but it's worked out really nicely for everybody."
Seems like there's no bad blood here — which is great news, considering both Malik and the band will likely keep having lots of success in the future with plenty to go around for everybody!
What do U think — is 1D missing something without Malik?! Or will the guys band together as a fearsome foursome??