The members of boy band One Direction are feeling better about former group member Zayn Malik, 22, leaving the band. Remaining bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson said that even though they were a bit surprised by Malik’s departure, there’s no bad blood between them.
The four remaining group members visited James Cordon on "The Late Late Show" for the first time Thursday night. It was while on the late night talk show that they discussed Malik's departure and his Twitter feud with Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, 23, duked it out with Malik on May 6 via Twitter, attacking the 22-year-old along with music producer Naughty Boy. Naughty Boy had tweeted a photo of himself and Malik with the caption, “replace this.”
“It’s just one of those things that Twitter’s great for connecting with the fans, but also if you feel like saying something you probably shouldn’t, it’s also good for that — or bad,” Tomlinson told James Corden.
“There’s been a bit of back and forth, but we’re on good terms with him,” he added. “I’ve never been very good at biting my tongue.”
The rest of One Direction also chimed in on the confusion they felt when Malik announced he was leaving the band behind. “At first, we were a little bit angry. We were surprised,” Payne said. “But I think we all knew the general vibe Zayn was feeling.”
The bandmates agreed they would never replace Malik, and want nothing but the best for him. “We wish him the best where ever he get to,” Payne said. “There’s no hard feelings.”
One Direction formed in 2010 after finishing third in the seventh season of the UK's “The X Factor.” The group then signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records. Malik announced his departure on March 25 of this year.
Their third album, "Midnight Memories," became the top-selling album worldwide in 2013, even though it didn’t launch until November of that year. The band was named top artist of the year by Billboard in 2014.