As One Direction celebrate five years since their formation, Zayn Malik reaches out to Liam Payne

One Direction fans had an extra special treat on the band’s fifth anniversary yesterday – courtesy of departed member Zayn Malik.

Directioners were over the moon when Zayn – who left the group in March – replied to a Tweet from Liam Payne reflecting on the boys’ time together since they were put together on The X Factor in 2010.

Liam, 21, still gave Zayn a mention despite the fact that he’s no longer with 1D, having posted on Twitter:

Fans were then left stunned when Zayn, 22, sent a sweet message back to Liam:

Awww! Needless to say the cute Twitter exchange sent the huge One Direction fanbase into meltdown and many quickly took to social media to share their excitement. ‘Thanks Bro’ even started trending as fans Tweeted about Zayn’s words.

‘This made my day x,’ one admirer commented, whilst another emotionally scribed: ‘I’m not crying I just poked myself in the eye ok no I’m crying’

This Tweet was pretty cute: ‘a simple “thanks bro” changed my day, zayn should not even imagine how much it means to us @zaynmalik’

Meanwhile one 1D fan was so chuffed to see Zayn and Liam exchange words that they were even considering marking it forever on their skin…

‘NEED TO GET THIS TATTOOED,’ the, um, dedicated Directioner said.

The sweet chat comes four months after Zayn broke many a Directioner’s heart by deciding to leave One Direction, revealing that he wanted to be a ‘normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.’

Liam made no secret of the fact that he was very sad to see Zayn go and posted a moving message following his bandmate’s departure.

‘This last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it’s something we are all deeply saddened by,’ the Wolverhampton-born singer wrote in a long Twitter post.

‘It’s sad to think for the time being we won’t grace the stage as five bros or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years but I’m super sure us and zayn will always remain the closest friends.’

We think Zayn and Liam’s latest exchange is proof that they’ve kept that promise!

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