One Direction fans laugh after Zayn Maliks brutal comeback to Liam Payne

One Direction fans are known for being pretty on the ball and the latest “dig” they’ve spotted on social media is a corker.

Since Zayn Malik left the band he very publicly fell out with Louis Tomlinson after he went on to release a single with producer Naughty Boy, despite insisting he was quitting 1D for a “normal life”.

And now it seems that Liam Payne is the latest singer to incur his wrath.

In a recent podcast interview, Liam, 28, claimed that his single Strip That Down did better than any of his bandmates’ solo attempts.

He bragged: “First song, billion streams.

“I think it outsold everybody within the band, and I was the last to go [solo]. And I never expected that.”

Liam also insinuated that One Direction was built around him being the lead singer as well as going in on Zayn’s family.

Liam said: “There are many reasons I dislike Zayn and there are many reasons why I’ll always be on his side.

“If I had to go through what he went through, through his growth and whatever else. My parents are overly supportive, to the point where it’s annoying at times, and Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.”

In response, Zayn, 29, shared a short black and white video of him in a room surrounded by his many awards.

In the clip, he hits the high note from One Direction’s single You and I. It was originally his line but, after he left, Liam took over singing it and couldn't seem to quite hit it.

But Zayn has proved he still can.

Fans went wild for the subtle – or not so subtle – comeback.

One posted: “Zayn really posted a 10-second clip of him singing the You And I high note for the first time in seven years just to prove that One Direction was never built around Liam Payne. This is truly the pettiest thing I’ve ever seen and I love it.”

Another added: “Zayn singing the You And I high note after Liam trashed him and said he was supposed to be the frontman of 1D is such a beautiful thing.”

In actual fact, Harry Styles’ hit Watermelon Sugar is the most streamed and Liam’s debut album only peaked at No11 on the Billboard 200.

One fan even pointed out that Zayn’s cryptic video even had more views than Liam’s song Sunshine.

Then in a further twist, Zayn’s arch-enemy Louis “liked” his post.

While Liam has yet to react to the Instagram activity, he defended his recent comments on Twitter.

The dad-of-one said: “They mentioned a specific incident involving Zayn which I responded to – but listening back maybe I didn’t articulate myself as well as I could have.

“I was saying that there will always be things we disagree on but that I will always, always be on his side. That’s family. Zayn is my brother and I will stand by him forever.”

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