"At first we were a little bit angry. We were surprised, but I think we all knew the general vibe that Zayn was feeling," Liam Payne told James Corden last night on the “Late Late Show.”
He continued, "There were certain parts of this job that Zayn loved and certain parts of the job that he didn't. If you don't like your job, you've got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go. There's no argument with that."
Corden also asked Louis Tomlison if he’s been in touch with Malik, hinting about him speaking out on Twitter. Tomlinson replied, "Yeah, there's been a bit of back and forth… I think we're on good terms with him."
"I haven't been good at biting my tongue," he told the host. "It's just one of those things. 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 as well."
Tomlinson assured fans “it’s all good in the hood” with Malik, and Payne agreed, “We wish him the best of luck with whatever he gets up to… there’s no hard feelings.”
Fans can rest easy — the four remaining band members say they’re here to stay. "The four of us love every part of it,” Niall Horan insisted. “We’re looking forward to bringing out a new record, and going on more tours.”