New direction? This may be a solo song from Zayn Malik

Published 8:55 AM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015

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Producer Naughty Boy tweeted a demo song

Malik recently left the group

Fans are not happy

(CNN) —  

Things just got messy with that One Direction breakup.

Just when folks were starting to heal from the shock of Zayn Malik’s decision to quit the super-successful boy group on Wednesday, a social media dustup has fans all a-Twitter.

Zayn Malik leaving One Direction

Music producer Naughty Boy got into a war of words with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson after the producer retweeted a user going by Naughty Boy/Zayn (@naughtyboymus).

The tweet was captioned “The truth” and contained a video of a little ditty in which an electronic voice croons “Naughty Boy saved my life” and mentions “Zaughty.”

Malik is reportedly working with Naughty Boy, and “Zaughty” is a combination of their names.

Tomlinson – who is BFFs with Malik – responded with “Wow @NaughtyBoyMusic you’re so inconsiderate pal, seriously how f***ing old are you? Grow up! #masterofallwisdom.”

The producer replied by calling the singer a not-nice word, appearing to have misunderstood the reason behind Tomlinson’s ire. The singer corrected him and accused Naughty Boy of trying to get fans worked up.

Directioners (as the fans are called) got into it, and the hashtags “Zaughty” and “masterofallwisdom” started trending.

Hours later, Naughty Boy decided to “let the music do the talking” and tweeted a link to a song titled “I Wont Mind,” which is labeled as a demo from him and Malik.

Several fans were not at all happy.

After leaving the group, Malik expressed sadness at disappointing fans.

“I feel like I’ve let the fans down, but I can’t do this anymore,” he told the UK’s The Sun. “It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore, because it’s not the real me.”

Zayn Malik: ‘I’ve let the fans down’