Can you smell that my friends? That is the delectable waft of some freshly sizzling celebrity beef! HOO BABY!

Bust out the barbie sauce buds cause it’s beef o’clock and this cut of A-grade sirloin comes via two former One Direction members Zayn Malik and Harry Styles (funnily enough the two I’d most like to slowly lick BBQ sauce off, but that’s neither here nor there).

In a new interview with Us Weekly, the now solo artist Zayn further cements his position as the “sessy bad boi” of the seminal pop group, throwing shade at the also now solo artist Harry, implying they’ve actually never been besties of any kind.

Great! There goes about 90% of the conceptual basis for all of the One Direction erotic fan fiction I… *ahem*… have heard about.

The tea-spill came when the interviewer asked Zayn if he kept in touch with Harry since 1D was put into indefinite hiatus, with Zayn dropping the truth bomb that the glossy, manufactured, capitalist-exemplifying boy band, was in fact manufactured:

To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band. So I didn’t really expect that much of a relationship with him when I left. And I haven’t [had one] to be honest.

Whereas Styles went all dirty-rock-dog in his, truly excellent, solo debut album earlier this year, Zayn continues down the kind of path forged by Justin Timberlake (i.e. sexed-up-to-the-max electro, RnB tinged bangers) with a new album currently in the works.

Interesting how beef always gets a’sizzlin JUST before one of the participants is releasing new music isn’t it?

Whilst Zayn also touches on the fact that he may one day reform with One Direction saying “never say never”, it looks like he’s all about numero uno at the moment.

Ah well, at least we’ll always have erotic fan fiction our memories.

Image: Getty Images / Francois G. Durand