One Direction have admitted they were angry when they found out former bandmate Zayn Malik was leaving as they made their first TV talk show appearance as a foursome.
The superstar boyband appeared on American talk show the Late Late Show with James Corden, where they revealed the anger and sadness they felt when they found out they were losing a founding member.
Asked by Corden if he had been in touch with Malik since his departure was announced on March 25, Louis Tomlinson said: “There has been a bit of back and forth, we are on good terms with him.”
Addressing a hostile exchange he had on Twitter with his former bandmate, he added: “I’ve never been very good at biting my tongue. Maybe I get it from my mum. It is one of those things.
“Twitter is great for connecting with the fans but if you also feel like saying something you probably shouldn’t, it is good for that, or bad in this case. But it’s all resolved, it’s all good in the hood.”
Liam Payne said that even though they were disappointed, they all understood his feelings.
He told Corden: “At first we were a little bit angry, obviously. We were surprised but I think we all knew the vibe Zayn was feeling.
“You could sort of tell, from the outside people could tell as well.
“There were certain parts of this job that Zayn loved and certain parts that he didn’t. If you don’t like the job, you have to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go and there is no arguing with that.
“Like I say, we were angry at first but then it was just a bit more disappointed, but we wish him the best of luck with whatever he gets up to and there is no hard feelings, it is just going to carry on as usual.”
Niall Horan calmed the fears of fans by assuring them there was no chance of the rest of the group disbanding.
“The four of us love every part of it. Things have been great on the tour and the fans have been great to us, they deserve it, they have been fantastic to us. The four of us enjoy every aspect of it, the shows have been great and we are in the studio at the minute and we are looking forward to bringing out a new record and going on more tours and we are really enjoying it.”
One Direction fans were devastated when the former X Factor contestants announced Malik would be leaving the band after five years together.
In a statement released at the time, he said: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
Malik was later pictured on Instagram with producer Naughty Boy, which triggered an apparent Twitter row with his former bandmate Tomlinson.
However the remaining members appeared in good spirits on the late night talk show and the interview took on a lighter tone when Corden asked Harry Styles if they had considered replacing Malik with another Briton who might match Corden’s description.
The talk show host’s leading questions were met with a deadpan “No” from fan favourite Styles.
The chart topping band also took part in a pre-recorded and highly competitive game of dodgeball during the show, under the leadership of team captain Corden.
Corden’s Angels sported white singlets and red shorts for a grudge match with the all-girl team the Ball Busters, after performing their hit Steal My Girl in lieu of the national anthem.
During the hour-long show, which airs at 12.35am on US network CBS, the boys revealed some of their antics during their world tour.
Styles, who said he had just finished a juice cleanse, told Corden: “We were in Brazil last year and wanted to see Christ the Redeemer but it was the first time we had been in South America so it was a little intense around the hotel, so we got this little bread van pulled in to the hotel and we all got in the back.
“I’m pretty sure that it was made for keeping the bread warm and there was warm air pumping in and there were six of us there because Zayn was there, so we pulled out and nobody thought anything of it. We were all sweating, got out and saw Christ the Redeemer.”
Corden also grilled the singers on how they have been spending their break in their gruelling touring and recording schedule.
Tomlinson, who is newly single, admitted he has been enjoying a party lifestyle and has recruited Payne as a wingman.
“Payne comes out quite often. I like to go out, I like to party and spend time with my friends,” he said.
One Direction’s world tour resumes in Cardiff on June 5.