Naughty Boy Breaks Silence After Zayn Malik Calls Him 'Fat Joke' on Twitter

Zayn Malik  Naughty Boy 2015
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Zayn Malik collects his award for Outstanding Achievement in Music from Naughty Boy at the The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London.

Where do broken hearts go?

Naughty Boy spoke out Monday (July 20) following one-time buddy Zayn Malik dissing him on Twitter last week, calling him a "fat joke" for exploiting their musical partnership and sharing demos without his permission.

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In an interview with The Sun, Naughty Boy --real name Shahid Khan -- noted that he hadn't had any contact with Malik since Malik's remarks. "It sounded like one of the things the little girls who send me hate would say. I can deal with what he said but he knows the hate I've had to endure for him is the bit that upset me. That's not how I know Zayn to speak, even face to face. I definitely thought at first that he had been hacked. The fat joke thing wasn't necessary and he's getting a lot of backlash for that because a lot of his fans don't look like Selena Gomez. At some point as an artist you have to take responsibility for everything you say. That's why I think Zayn did it out of anger."

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He continued, in part, "I think initially when Zayn had tweeted that he had assumed I had leaked.I have never leaked anything of Zayn's. The cover we leaked together. Nothing has been leaked by me. Zayn asked Mic Righteous to write something but it was never going to be used - it was always going to be Krept and Konan - but Mic Righteous decided to put that out himself. The Krept and Konan video was just seven seconds on Snapchat. For me, it's not a big deal because it's not a leak. And we were under the impression that if something is put on Snapchat then it's immediately gone after you've seen it. I don't have Snapchat so I don't understand how it works. We had been working all night so we didn't get up till 5-6pm the day of the tweet. We wondered what all the missed calls and messages were about. I thought someone had died!"

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He notes he would still be up for collaborating with Malik in the future, still considers him a friend, and explains he won't be responding to the feud via social media. "My Twitter war days are over."

Great news for Louis Tomlinson. 


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