Liam Payne has recently gushed about his fellow ex-One Direction members. In a recent interview on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, the former One Direction member Payne spoke in-depth about his relationship with Zayn Malik, how it’s developed over the years, and how close they are today. During the episode, Logan brought Malik’s name up when discussing the singer’s 2020 feud with his brother, Jake, after the siblings publicly claimed he was unkind to them during a trip to Las Vegas.
Malik’s then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid posted a tweet addressing the feud at the time, which read, “Lol cause he doesn’t care to hang w you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies? Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly ass. Go to bed.” Referring to the tweet, Payne said, “She tweeted something about getting yourself a respectful man or something.”
Payne then seemingly referenced Malik’s alleged September 2021 physical altercation with Gigi’s mother Yolanda, and said, “That one didn’t age very well.” While making his stand clear, Payne explained, “There are many reasons why I dislike Zayn and there are many reasons why I’ll always, always be on his side.” Payne continues, “If I had had to go through what he went through with his growth and whatever else… My parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times.
The singer went on to say, “Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.” “You can always look at the man for where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever, that guy’s a d***.’ But at the end of the day, once you’re understanding what he’s been through to get to that point and also whether or not he wanted to be there.” He added, “I can’t sit here and d*** on him because of whatever. And listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions. I can’t commend some of the things that he’s done. I can’t be on his side for that.”
He further added, “What I can say is I understand and your only hope is that at some point in their life, the person at the other end of the phone wants to receive the help that you’re willing to give them.” Elsewhere in Payne’s Impaulsive podcast interview, he spoke about One Direction’s choice to split and go on hiatus in 2016. “Until the dust clears, you don’t appreciate it for what it is, and regrettably so,” he detailed. “I wished I’d have understood it more while I was in the middle of it.”