Liam Payne clarifies his controversial comments about Zayn Malik: I will always be on his side

Liam Payne and Zayn Malik have a long history together.

The Strip That Down singer took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify

the air after fans criticized him only hours before for insulting his former One Direction bandmate.

“Guys – I wouldn’t normally comment on this stuff but when its your family

it’s hard to let it slide,” Payne, 28, began his two-part apology.

They mentioned a specific incident involving Zayn which I responded to – but listening back

maybe I didn’t articulate myself as well as I could have,” he admitted of his

appearance on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast Tuesday.

I was saying that there will always be things we disagree on but that