Way back in the day in 2010 there was a boy band named One Direction that consisted of five boys. Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. The band was formed on X-Factor and the rest was history, sort of. In 2015 Zayn Malik decided to part ways with the band and release his own solo music.
One Direction released one more album, Made in the A.M., before going on hiatus. The boys have all gone on to make their own music, but fans still hold out for an eventual reunion like the Jonas Brothers.
There is always drama with boy bands. Tomlinson and Malik were friends and even got in trouble for smoking a joint together. But since Malik’s departure from the group, he has distanced himself from his former bandmates and bashed his times with the band in the media.
Now Tomlinson is opening up about his broken friendship with Malik.
In an interview with The Sun and The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, Tomlinson opened up about his fallout with Malik. “Truthfully it never really got better,” Tomlinson said about his friendship with Malik.
“I had a couple of calls with him after I lost my mum and all the boys had agreed to come to that performance and he didn’t show so that really bugged me,” Tomlinson continued.
Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away in December 2016 from leukemia. After his mother passed, he performed “Just Hold On” on X-Factor. He asked his former bandmates to come to support him. Everyone showed up except for Malik, who told Tomlinson that he would be there.
Tomlinson said that Malik’s actions “really showed” who he was but Tomlinson “hope he’s alright.”
Malik told British Vogue in November 2018 why he and the 1D boys grew apart. “I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left…Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”
This isn’t the first time Malik has spoken ill of his former band members. He told Us Weekly that he and Styles weren’t friends and “never really spoke” even when Malik was in One Direction. Malik and Tomlinson got into a Twitter fight after his departure but patched things up.
But now it appears that Tomlinson and Malik aren’t on good terms anymore.