"When you leave a boy band you feel like you have to go completely in another direction," he said, with no pun intended, were sure.
"And say: 'Don't worry everyone, I hated it, it wasn't me,'" he added, obvs referencing Zayn's trashing of the band following his departure.
"I loved [the band]! I don't feel like I have to apologise for that. I never felt like I was faking it."
Zayn was reportedly unsurprised by Harry's diss as an insider has revealed that he "expects" Harry and the other lads to slam him in interviews.
“Zayn expects to be talked about every time any of the One Direction guys are promoting anything and he expects it to be vice versa as well," the insider told HollywoodLife.com.
"As long as they don’t go over the line or bash him he is okay with it and knows that it comes with the territory. With the recent comments Harry made, he is totally cool with it and is not going to make a big deal out of it in any way."
Sounds like Zayn's got a touch of that fever called 'can dish it but can't hack it' as he's taken every chonce (to borrow from Niall's vocab) he could to shade 1D in the past.
Can't have it both ways Zayno!