Liam Payne took a swipe at Zayn Malik during an interview with controversial YouTube star Logan Paul.
During the chat, Paul brought up the topic of Payne’s former One Direction bandmate, describing a heated situation between Malik and his brother Jake that transpired in 2020.
“I had an experience with one of your early bandmates — he was hooked,” Paul said before naming Malik.
Here Payne jokingly calls him “Wayne Malik”.
Paul then described an alleged “experience” in which Jake Malik tweeted after believing the singer had been “disrespectful” towards him. Afterward, Zayn’s ex-girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, tweeted Jake “calling him ‘ugly and irrelevant’.”
Payne interjected, “Then she tweeted something like ‘find a respectful man’ or something – he hasn’t aged very well.”
Payne is believed to be referring to claims that Malik “slapped” Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, during an altercation last year.
Malik, who has a daughter with Hadid, vehemently denied the allegation, writing in a statement: “I strongly oppose hitting Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I decline to give further details and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards privately healing these family issues.”
Payne didn’t elaborate on the meaning of his remark, but continued, “Before we get too deep there are many, many reasons I don’t like Zayn and there are many reasons I always and always side with him.” will be.
He added, “If I had to go through what he went through growing up and whatever … my parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times and Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.”
“You can always look at the guy where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever, that guy’s an ass,’ but at the end of the day when you understand what he’s been through to get to the point come, and whether or not, whether he even wanted to be there…
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Payne said, “Listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions. I cannot praise some of the things he has done. I can’t be on his side there. But what I can say is that I understand, and you just hope that at some point in their life, the person on the other end of the phone will want to receive the help that you are willing to give.”
The Independent has reached out to Malik’s rep for comment.
Fans have called Payne over his comments during the interview, accusing him of “slobbering” about his former bandmates while mostly keeping quiet about the details of their time with One Direction.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/liam-payne-zayn-gigi-hadid-b2091459.html Liam Payne lashes out at former bandmate Zayn Malik during interview with Logan Paul