Louis Tomlinson says he is no longer friends with Zayn Malik and fans are upset
Ever since the band split back in 2016, it seems as if One Direction have gone in, well, many directions.
Harry Styles has gone on to star in a blockbuster movie, Liam Payne has been busy dating women twice his age, Niall Horan has had a number one album, Zayn Malik has been caught thirsting over Gigi Hadid, and Louis Tomlinson became a father.
Unfortunately, while pursuing their respective successes, the former friends don't all get along like they used to, and it all started when Zayn left the band back in 2015.
Understandably, the bandmates all held some animosity towards Malik when he quit, but nobody took it quite as badly as Louis. The pair of them used to be best buds but, when five became four, they fell apart and it only went downhill from there.
Now, in a recent interview, Louis says he still isn't friends with Zayn, and it doesn't sound like he thinks they'll patch things up any time soon.
When asked about his friendship with Malik, Tomlinson said: "Truthfully it never really got better."
Louis then went on to say that the breaking point for him occurred when his mother passed away, and Zayn wasn't there to support him with his shows like his other bandmates were.
"I had a couple of calls with him after I lost my mum and all the boys had agreed to come to that performance and he didn't show so that really bugged me," he explained.
"I've got goosebumps now," Louis said, recalling the night. "It was just seeing everyone there – Harry, Niall and Liam – that was what I needed that night, that support."
Louis' mother, Johannah Poulston, died in 2016 after a short battle with leukaemia. She was just 43 years old. The former 1D member has recently released a new single, Two Of Us, which is about the loss of his mother. During the song, he sings the words: "the day that they took you, I wish it was me instead."
Speaking of the emotional lyrics, Louis said: "In that situation that is your first thought actually. That specific message I know is hard-hitting but is also a universal feeling through grief."
And he says that all the decisions he's made in his career since her passing are things he knows she would have wanted him to do - even when they are things that scare him. "I get nervous in this job but that it actually helps me," he said. "It's like, 'OK I'm determined that I'll do it for us, really.'"
Fans of the band are obviously heartbroken for Louis, but they can't help but hope the two of them patch up their friendship at some point in the future.
Others, however, think Louis should have been a better friend before he faced the difficult loss of his mother.
Clearly, both of them could have been better friends to one another at various points in their past - but isn't it about time they moved past that now? Come on guys: give the Directioners what they want, and just be friends already.