One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Nicki Minaj also got involved in the dispute
The former boy-band singer parted ways with the group in March, stating that he wishes to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.
However, Malik recently confirmed that he’s inked a solo deal with RCA Records, the same imprint as Foo Fighters, A$AP Rocky and Miley Cyrus, saying he wishes to make “real music”.
On Monday (August 17), Malik retweeted a post that compared the stances of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus on streaming and illegal downloading. The original tweet compared a quote from Swift (“I think there should be an inherent value placed on art”) with one by Cyrus (“I’ve made my money. If no one buys my album, cool. It’s fine”), captioning the images with “The difference is astounding”.
Harris soon took objection to what he perceived as an attack on Swift, tweeting to Malik in response: “You’ve made your money? Cool… fuck the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah fuck em”.
He then added: “If u don’t get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry… stay out my fuckin mentions pls… While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there’s some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive Meaning… stay out of things you don’t understand”.
Malik replied to the messages in a series of tweets: “ha you just made an absolute fool of yourself mate… you clearly didn’t understand what I just said either… so i suggest you calm your knickers before them dentures fall out… Oh and I write my own shit too dickhead”.
While Nicki Minaj and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson seemed to take sides with Harris on the issue, favouriting tweets that criticised Malik, Harris soon backtracked on the feud.
“All good, it was the quote not you personally mate,” Harris later wrote. “Best of luck, genuinely. You’ve got a great voice”.
See the Twitter exchange in full below.
Tyler originally pitched the idea of a collaboration over Twitter, writing: “Hi @zaynmalik, I have beautiful instrumentals and you have a voice lets figure this out my guy. Epic album cuts tho no radio singles”.
Malik later responded and appeared keen to link up. “@fucktyler sounds sick BRO let do some shit!,” he replied.