"At first we were a little bit angry, obviously," Liam Payne admitted on The Late, Late Show. "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."
He continued: "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."
Addressing the dispute, he explained: "I've never been very good at biting my tongue. Maybe I get it from my mum. It is one of those things.
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Liam Payne said the band were disappointed that Zayn Malik left the band
"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."
Naughty Boy also played down the argument during his appearance on Celebrity Juice on Thursday, describing the tweets as "banter".
"I've got no problem with him, I've got no problem with anyone really. It's just banter," he explained.
One Direction fans can also rest assured that the band have vowed to continue without Zayn, and could release their fifth studio album together as soon as September or October.
"The four of us enjoy every aspect of it," Niall Horan explained. "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."