Zayn Malik Is Only Friends With One Member of One Direction, Guess Who It Is

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Can you believe it's been almost a year since Zayn Malik left One Direction? Since then he's changed his hair color approximately 5,000 times, broken up with his fiancée and started dating Gigi Hadid, and released a few new solo singles. So what's the state of his relationship with the four remaining (currently hiatusing) members of the group these days? Well, Zayn talked about just that in a new interview with NME.

Turns out he only keeps in touch with one of the guys. I'll give you a minute to guess who it is. Okay, time is up. It's Liam Payne. Did I give it away with the GIF? I couldn't help it, it's just so adorable. Here's what Zayn told the magazine about his enduring friendship with Liam:

“I'm still probably the closest to Liam,” Zayn explains. “We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single, which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award [the group collected the British Video Award for ‘Drag Me Down']. It was a good chat. We haven't met up in a long time so we want to meet up.”

It's appropriate that Liam is the one Zayn is closest to, since their bromance name can be Zayne. But what about the other guys? Does he still talk to Harry? Niall? Louis, even though they had some pretty nasty Twitter exchanges last year?

“I tried to have contact but nobody's reached out. So… whatever.”

Ouch. I mean, we kind of already knew this, since earlier this year Zayn revealed that he's tried reaching out to the guys, but they've basically gone all “new phone who dis” on him in return.

I feel like this is a pretty universally relatable situation. Anyone who's ever been in a close-knit friend group has probably experienced something like this, no matter whose position you were in — the exiled friend, the only friend who still talks to the exiled friend, or the other friends who pretend the exiled friend doesn't exist anymore. As the Tumblr kids would say, tag yourself.

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