Fans cried their hearts out when Zayn Malik announced his departure from the British pop band One Direction in March last year. He used to be buddies with Harry Styles but there are rumors that they may no longer be friends after Malik left. However, there are claims that Liam Payne welcomes Malik back to the group.

Despite the fact that Malik has no desire to return to 1D, Payne would still welcome him with open arms if he changes his mind. When asked about the possibility of their ex-member going back to the group, Payne said there is still a chance.

“Who knows? He’s just doing his thing, he’s fine,” Payne is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Of course, I love Zayn he’s great,” the singer added.

Meanwhile, an earlier report stated that Malik has been trying to communicate with the boys, but to no avail.

“I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people,” Malik told Billboard. “I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply,” he added.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles is reportedly disappointed with Malik’s statement, saying that it was the 22-year-old lad who “blew them off.”

“Harry Styles is completely flabbergasted with Zayn’s comments about the 1D guys giving him the cold shoulder and not calling him back,” an insider told Hollywood Life. So who’s telling the truth?

As for post One Direction career, Malik teased his new single,”Befour,” in one of his interviews. In the meantime, Payne released his potential new song on his Instagram.

Little Song I wrote for fun yesterday

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Despite rumors that they will be off for good, Payne assured fans that One Direction will not be splitting permanently. “Oh, no no no… No, we just got nominated for two BRITs,” he said.