Zayn Malik and Harry Styles spent five years together as teen heartthrobs in One Direction, but that doesn’t mean they forged lifelong friendships.
Malik, who left the band in dramatic fashion in March 2015, breaking hearts everywhere, said that even when One Direction was still going in the same direction, he and Styles, 23, hardly spoke.
“To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band,” the 24-year-old told Us Weekly. “So I didn’t really expect that much of a relationship with him when I left. And I haven’t (had one) to be honest.”
One Direction eventually disbanded after the release of their sole Malik-free album, “Made in the A.M.,” in 2015. The remaining members — Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne — have all gone on to release solo music.
Zayn Malik said he and Harry Styles never talked much while they were in One Direction.
But that hasn’t stopped the British boybanders from throwing shade at Malik for his abrupt exit.
“When you leave a band, a boy band, you feel you have to go in the complete other direction and say, ‘Don’t worry everyone, I hated it, it wasn’t me,'” Styles said in his May Apple Music documentary “Behind the Album.”
Though he didn’t mention Malik by name, it was a clear dig at the crooner, who said multiple times that the life of a boy band just wasn’t for him.
One Direction through the years
Styles was decidedly more straightforward in an April Rolling Stone interview.
“I think it’s a shame he felt that way,” Styles said. “But I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love. If you’re not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that. I’m glad he’s doing what he likes, and good luck to him.”
Malik is currently hard at work on a second album, the follow-up to 2015’s “Mind of Mine.”
One Direction (from l-r. Horan, Styles, Malik, Payne, Tomlinson) formed on the British reality TV show “The X Factor” in 2010.
But he hasn’t shut the door completely on a One Direction reunion — if anything, the door is ever so slightly ajar.
“Who knows? I’ve said it before: Never say never,” he told Us. “If I wanted to come back in 10, 15 years time, then yeah, why not? I don’t know. If I didn’t want to (be in the band) then, I might not. It just depends on how I’m feeling at that time.”