Sasha Malik sparked outrage from the Directioners on Twitter…

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards split more than a year ago but fans aren’t ready to let them forget it yet. His cousin Sasha Malik managed to anger his loyal supporters this week with a simple tweet seemingly pledging her allegiance to the Little Mix singer…

Despite Zayn, 23, being loved up with supermodel Gigi Hadid and Perrie, also 23, recently linked to Arsenal footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sasha was inundated with angry tweets when she posted lyrics from Little Mix’s latest number one Shout Out To My Ex.

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Sasha attempted to diffuse the situation by deleting her posts, adding: ‘Apologies to those genuinely offended by my tweet. I understand that it was easily misunderstood. No shade though, ever.

‘However, I will not hate on a person for having a past with a relative of mine. Both of them have now moved on. The world should too.’

She added: ‘The fact that the song is about Zayn doesn’t cross my mind when I listen to it. To me, it’s just a song.’

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When the track was released in October many jumped to the conclusion that it was written about Zayn, who dumped Perrie with a single text after three years together.

Perrie Edwards

Perrie and her band mates Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have managed to remain tight-lipped over the ‘man’ behind the song, but this hasn’t stopped fans calling Zayn out during their performances…

At a Little Mix concert in December, the girls dissolved into fits of giggles when one Mixer shouted: ‘Zayn’s a b*tch!’ See that moment HERE.

And, as if that wasn’t awkward enough, someone made this HILARIOUS video of Zayn’s ‘reaction’ to the ultimate break-up song… click HERE to watch it!