Why Everyone Is Talking About This Moment Between Zayn Malik And Niall Horan

Zayn Malik came face to face with his former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan at the AMAs - and it was nothing short of awkward...

Since Zayn Malik upped sticks and left the rest of the One Direction fellas to fend for themselves, we’ve been very intrigued as to the relationship between the former bandmates.

Considering there has been a great deal of press speculation alluding to some bad blood between Zayn and the boys, we were pretty sure things weren’t great…

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During last nights American Music Awards, Zayn and Niall Horan came face to face- and, well, it looked nothing short of awks.

As Niall finished his performance of his debut single Our Town, he exited the stage on the very same row that Zayn Malik happened to be seated at.

Yup, you can imagine what happened next…

As Niall shook the hands of the familiar faces in the row, he came to Mr Malik.

The boys then exchanged possibly the most awkward handshake in the world- conveniently all caught on camera for all us at home.

Fans were quick to comment on this seemingly tense meeting, with one reply to the tweet reading: ‘I’m positive Zayn would never have gone up to Niall. Niall is genuinely a great guy and I’m sure he misses his friend.’
Hey- at least they’re talking, eh folks?!
Despite the incredibly awkward exchange, earlier in the evening Niall had actually shared that he was hoping to bump into Zayn.
During a red carpet interview, Niall was asked how he felt about the prospect of bumping into his former bandmate- to which he replied, ‘Hopefully [I will], I haven’t spoken to him in a few months and I haven’t seen him in a while. I’m looking forward to seeing him’.

The words I never got to say the first time around …… 📸 @conormcdphoto

A photo posted by Niall Horan (@niallhoran) on

Later in the evening, some fans felt that Zayn had taken a thinly veiled swipe at the One Direction boys. As he accepted an award for ‘New Artist of the Year’, Zayn remarked, ‘Wow. This just has my name on it, right?’.
Yikes- why can’t things be like the good ol’ days, boys?! Hopefully this is all just blown out of proportion!
Alice Perry