The messiest One Direction era continues...
It's safe to say 1D are having the worst month ever on a personal level (professionally they're doing fine, they just performed two shows in South Africa to massive 95k sold out crowds) and the saga continued tonight when Louis Tomlinson fired off a tweet aimed at Zayn Malik's friend/producer Naughty Boy.
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) March 30, 2015
The producer had previously retweeted a mind-numbing video that states "Zaughty Will Rise" over and over. "Zaughty" of course, being Zayn and Naughty combined, which Naughty Boy actually had printed on customised tracksuits for himself and the 22 year old ex-boy bander last year. No, really:
Tomlinson felt the retweet was a direct attempt to antagonize One Direction fans, who are still reeling from Malik's departure from the group.
@NaughtyBoyMusic I was talking about the video you tweeted . Clearly trying to wind the fans up ! Well you succeeded anyway . Fair play
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) March 31, 2015
Check it out below:
The release of the demo goes against Mailk's reasoning for leaving the band. Zayn stated he needed a break and wanted to build a life away from the pressure of fame but has consistently been photographed heading to recording studios since his departure from the group, with Naughty Boy in tow.
Naughty Boy seemed convinced the surprise release had silenced the twitter feud, stating:
Y has all my hate stopped? Guess u r checking out the new zayn song. Hope u enjoy it, especially the haters
— Shakil Ashraf (@shakavelimusic) March 31, 2015
zayn "i'm so stressed out that i record behind the boys' backs" malik
— ℓaura & ℓouis ✩*ೃ.⋆ (@greaserhairlou) March 31, 2015
I WILL SUPPORT ZAYN MALIK YES! BUT NOT THAT ZAUGHTY SHIT FUCK U
— Cassandra (@PunkyouMichael) March 31, 2015
“@bazouis: Zayn Malik I'm disappointed if you wanted a solo career you should of been straight with us instead of lame excuses”
— louis is my hero (@xTheaOfficial) March 31, 2015
Through all of this mess, Zayn has remained Beyonce silent maintaining the absence from twitter that he began shortly after his second cheating scandal broke out (and there's been one more since then too!) and shortly before exiting the band.
Mess aside, Louis Tomlinson should be free to defend his fans if he feels they're being messed around with. The fact that Naughty Boy seemed to take offense to being called out for posting something antagonizing doesn't say much for his ability to handle criticism.
We'll see what happens in the next 24 hours as the rest of 1D wakes up.