In case you were wondering, Niall Horan could not be happier over the news that Zayn Malik has become a dad! Yep, the singer just dished on the super sweet way he congratulated his former One Direction bandmate on his baby news, and it’s making all of our hearts burst, TBH.

“It is mad to think. I remember when we were all babies, and now there’s three dads,” the “Slow Hands” crooner joked during a recent interview with Capital FM. “I sent a message recently to congratulate him. It’s an amazing thing.”

Considering Malik and Horan’s rocky past, the fact that he messaged him is seriously making us emotional! For those who forgot, after the musician announced that he was leaving the band in 2015, it was definitely not pretty. He went on to throw some major shade towards them in interviews, and get this — he even claimed that he never wanted to be a part of the group in the first place. Ouch!

So where does his relationships stand with them all now? Did any of his other former bandmates congratulate him on being a dad? Not to worry, people, because we broke it all down for you…

Zayn Malik And Gigi Hadid Welcomed A Baby Girl

For those who missed it, Malik and his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, shared the exciting news that the model had give birth to a their first child together — a little girl on on September 23, 2020. 

“Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful,” the “Pillowtalk” artist wrote alongside a touching pic that showed his daughter’s small hand. “To try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine and thankful for the life we will have together.”

Hadid added in a post of her own, “Our girl joined us Earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love.”

Here’s How The Other Members Of One Direction Reacted To The News

Liam Payne

Naturally, when Liam Payne heard the news, he was as happy as could be!

“Oh yeah congratulations Zayn and Gigi as well. Actually yes, very lovely news this morning. Bless them, starting a family,” he said during an Instagram Live.

Louis Tomlinson didn’t say anything about it online, but he did like the photo Malik had posted of his daughter. As for Harry Styles, he has not publicly addressed the news.

Why Did Zayn Malik Leave One Direction Again?

Zayn Malik

In March 2015, the 27-year-old shocked the entire world when he announced that he was leaving the band.

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”

Months after Malik announced his departure from the band, he opened up about his decision to Fader Magazine.

“I think the boys kind of knew in terms of the music, that wasn’t my cup of tea. They knew that, they were aware of that, always,” he explained. “They would try to facilitate certain things for me so I could sing R&B ad-libs here or there and that was nice but obviously I think they always knew. When I was leaving the band, they obviously didn’t want me to leave, but they couldn’t talk me out of it at that point. I had already made up my mind so I just left.”

The singer also claimed that he “never wanted to be in the band” during a 2016 interview.

“I think I always kind of wanted to go. From like the first year really, I never really wanted to be there in the band,” he admitted. “I just gave it a go because it was there at the time and then when I realized the direction we were going in with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I realized I couldn’t put any input in. I couldn’t give my opinion on this or that because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were as a band or what we represented. So that’s when it became frustrating for me, that’s when I had to be like, ‘I’ve got to start thinking about myself.’”

Where Does His Relationship With Them Stand Now?

When asked about his relationship with the rest of the guys in November 2017, Malik admitted that he was no longer on speaking terms with them.

“Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that’s just life. Everybody grows up. Two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don’t talk to any of them, really,” he revealed to Billboard.

He also explained in a November 2018 interview, “We went from theaters, to arenas, to stadiums — there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom. I guess that kind of progression to any mind — but especially when you’re 17, 18 — it kind of affects you a little bit. People take it different ways — especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart. I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left… Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”

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