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Naughty Boy: Zayn handled fallout badly

DJ Naughty Boy won’t be extending an olive branch to former best friend Zayn Malik anytime soon.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Producer Naughty Boy insists he didn’t leak Zayn Malik’s music video and adds the former One Direction star was just “throwing his toys out of the pram”.

When Zayn quit the boyband in March (15), Naughty Boy became his very public best friend, with the pair constantly posting pictures of themselves on social media.

It caused tension with his old bandmates, particularly Louis Tomlinson, who engaged in a Twitter spat with Naughty Boy, accusing him of winding up fans by making comments about Zayn’s solo career.

But their friendship came to an abrupt end in July (15), when a message appeared on Zayn’s account calling Naughty Boy a “fat joke” and accusing him of leaking his music video No Type.

However, the producer is keen to set the record straight.

“I didn’t leak the video,” he assured Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.

“I didn’t leak it. Krept, who is on the tune with Zayn, Snapchatted it. No one put it on YouTube or nothing. I genuinely didn’t leak the video… To be honest, it was a bit late to leak the video, the song was old by then, y’know?

“That wasn’t... that wasn’t... that was just him throwing his toys out of the pram. We fell out over something else.”

Naughty Boy wouldn’t confirm what the spat was actually about, but did admit he did initially miss his former friend, adding what they had was “100 per cent genuine”.

But while he still cares about Zayn, he won’t be reaching out to him yet.

“I don’t think now’s the time, though,” he sighed. “I think Zayn’s incredibly talented and his voice is amazing and the world doesn’t know that yet. The world doesn’t know how gifted he actually is, so I think the best thing for him to do now is to go a bit radio silent and let the music do the talking, because then he won’t have to get into Twitter wars with Calvin Harris or me, or whoever. There’s no music out there, so right now he’s just the guy who left One Direction, but I know different, because I know him.”

Earlier this year (15) Zayn and Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Calvin had some online beef, during which Zayn told the DJ to “calm his knickers”.

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