WATCH: One Direction talk Zayn's departure, and take part in dodgeball skit, in first TV appearance without him
One Direction have overcome over the first TV hurdle sans Zayn Malik by discussing his departure and performing a witty dodgeball skit with Late Late Show host James Corden.
Asked if they had been in touch with Zayn (22) since his departure in March, Louis said there had "been a bit of back and forth", a comment which elicited laughs from the audience given Louis' very public Twitter spat with Zayn and his current collaborator Naughty Boy.
However, Louis said "We're on good terms with him.
"I've never been very good biting my tongue. Maybe I get it from my mum. It's just one of those things, Twitter is great for reconnecting with the fans but if you feel like saying something you probably shouldn't it's good for that too.
"But it's all resolved."
Liam added, “It’s like anything, at first we were a little bit angry. Obviously we were surprised, but I think we all knew the general vibe Zayn was feeling.
"The life inside the goldfish bowl of pop superstardom just isn’t for everyone. There’s certain parts of this job that Zayn loved, and certain parts he didn’t. And if you don’t like your job, you’ve got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go."
Niall was adamant the band would continue to record albums and tour.
“The four of us love every part of it. The shows have been great on the tour and the fans deserve it. They’ve been absolutely fantastic to us. We enjoy every aspect of it," he said, adding “We’re looking forward to bringing out a new record and going on more tours and stuff."
The lads also took part in a game of dodgeball for a Late Late Show kit. Togged out in matching white kits emblazoned with the words, 'Corden's Angels' they revealed to the camera why dodgeball is the centre of their universe.
Niall said he never wanted to be a singer - "it was all about dodgeball when I was a kid".
Corden declared, "The Beatles were nothing until they won at dodgeball. The Rolling Stones were nothing until they won at dodgeball. Are you going to bleed for me Niall? Yes you are?".
They geared up for their game against five women - the Ball Busters - with a rousing speech from Corden, "I heard them laughing, laughing at you saying we're dressed like we're in High School the Musical, saying we don't know how to play dodgeball.
"Well they are going to know how to play dodgeball when we are smashing our balls in their faces."