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Liam Payne makes light of Zayn Malik leaving by obscuring his face on 1D poster

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Liam Payne tweeted a pic with the hashtag #makinglightofasituation

Liam Payne tweeted a pic with the hashtag #makinglightofasituation

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards enjoying a visit to Disneyland Paris

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards enjoying a visit to Disneyland Paris

Statement from PR Simon Jones about Zayn being 'signed off with stress' from One Direction's world tour

Statement from PR Simon Jones about Zayn being 'signed off with stress' from One Direction's world tour

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Liam Payne tweeted a pic with the hashtag #makinglightofasituation

Liam Payne has caused a stir with One Direction fans by obscuring Zayn Malik's face on a band poster as he posed with the rest of the band and fans.

Zayn announced he was quitting the band's world tour due to stress last week and Liam attempted to make light of the situation by tweeting a pic of the cheeky stunt.

He tweeted the image with the caption, "#makinglightofasituation sorry for the laughs guys".

However, the move caused a stir with One Direction fans with many members of Zayn's camp taking offence and voicing their ire on Twitter.

Liam appears undeterred, however, as he did not apologise, and went on to annoy Justin Bieber fans by responding to one who tweeted him suggesting he would never be as successful as Bieber.

When he replied with, "how many times have I been arrested?" he incited the wrath of the entire Belieber community.

He also appeared to take an indirect dig at Zayn's departure, which came in the wake of photos of emerging of him posing with a blonde girl who was not his fiancee Perrie Edwards, by tweeting how much he misses his girlfriend Sophia Smith.

Online Editors