But while Bey was a strong vote of confidence in his camp, the fallout with former One Direction member Malik clearly continues to weigh on him.
Meanwhile, Heat magazine reports that there’s a chance we could see Zayn performing solo for the first time at the upcoming MOBO Awards, which will take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 4th November.
On the positive side, Naughty Boy – real name Shahid Khan – is super proud of his recent collaboration with Queen Bey, “Runnin (Lose It All).” I genuinely didn’t leak the video.
And while he’s big enough to admit that he has totally missed his old pal, no matter stick-and-stone-like words he used to hurt him, he thinks their falling out was about “external influences” rather than the video leak – which, BTW, he still swears he did not do and instead blames Krept for Snapchatting the vid.
Oh, and Naughty Boy also said he now no longer misses Zayn.
‘I didn’t leak the video, ‘ he assured Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.
That wasn’t… that was just him throwing his toys out of the pram.
“People thought we were cooking something, plotting – we were just chilling”.
Naughty Boy, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith, went on to explain that while he had a genuine friendship with the What Makes You handsome singer, the business nature of the music industry may have had a few effect.
“That wasn’t… that wasn’t… that was just him throwing his toys out of the pram”. You know what, the thing is, even when you become close with someone, you question everything as well.
Well, possibly in the future but not right now as he remarked, “I don’t think now’s the time”.
“I think Zayn’s incredibly talented and his voice is wonderful and the world doesn’t know that yet”, he said. “With Zayn, it was different because we were genuinely best friends doing the best friend thing”. “But then you have other relationships with lawyers and labels etc. I don’t think we actually fell out over the lack of friendship or trust, I think it was external influences”.