Wow! Things just got heated in the One Direction camp!
Despite claims that all is amicable after Zayn Malik's shock departure from the chart-topping boy band last week, Louis Tomlinson was feeling some anger in the early hours of Tuesday, March 31, after music producer Naughty Boy tweeted and retweeted a series of messages suggesting he'd "saved" Malik from the band.
Malik, who left the group claiming he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old" has been spotted working in the studio with Naughty Boy (who has worked with Sam Smith and Emeli Sande) this past week. And on Tuesday, March 31, the producer tweeted out a series of messages hinting that he was responsible for saving the singer from his former bandmates.
One message (a video that has since been deleted) flashed up the words "Naughty Boy Saved My Life Zaughty." He also tweeted a message that read, "You're the most important part of this jigsaw," and a quote, "Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy."
Tomlinson saw Naughty Boy's tweets as a diss, and quickly responded.
"Wow @NaughtyBoyMusic you're so inconsiderate pal," he wrote. "Seriously how f—ing old are you? Grow up! #masterofallwisdom."
Naughty Boy shot back, denying his messages had been about Malik.
"@Louis_Tomlinson calm down. was talkin bout Louis Walsh cuz he didn't let someone through on X factor. Look @ the date of the tweet. #2014" But Tomlinson was having none of it, and made it clear what his beef was with the music maker.
"@NaughtyBoyMusic I was talking about the video you tweeted. Clearly trying to wind the fans up! Well you succeeded anyway. Fair play,” he wrote, before admitting he was quick to get fired up.
"Always have struggled to bite my tongue," he added. "Big love to all our fans ! Seriously thank you you guys have been unbelievable, can't wait to play Cape Town . Gonna be a BIG show !!!"
let the music do the talking guys. thank us later. 🙂 x https://t.co/j7V2c7v1Yl
— Naughty Boy (@NaughtyBoyMusic) March 31, 2015
Drawing the row to a close, Naughty Boy shared a clip of Malik's solo talents, with the message, “Let the music do the talking guys. thank us later.”
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