Zayn Malik doesn’t shy away from picking favorites among his former One Direction bandmates. The “Pillowtalk” singer once admitted to SiriusXM that Niall Horan is the best in the band. “I’ll tell you what. Niall’s my favorite. How about that?” he said.
But just because Horan is his pick doesn’t mean they’re as tight as they used to be. According to Horan, Malik is the hardest to get ahold of, so they don’t talk as often as he’d hoped. “I haven’t spoken to Zayn in a while. I spoke to him at Christmas then I spoke to him again a couple of months ago,” he told AP News in 2017, two years post-hiatus announcement. “Zayn, not a lot of people would be able to say that they get in touch with him. He’s the hardest man to get in touch with. He is always changing his number.”
Malik, for his part, told Billboard that he had “every intention of remaining friends with everybody,” but he found that all of them were reluctant. “I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people. I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply,” he confessed. “Certain people have pride issues, but it’s stuff you overcome in time.”