Less than a week after Zayn Malik broke hearts all over the world by leaving One Direction, the young singer debuted his first effort as a solo artiste via a demo track titled, “I Won’t Mind”. The low key ballad was produced by The demo track, produced by famed UK producer Naughty Boy.

Naughty Boy (real name is Shahid Khan) has previously worked with Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis and Rihanna. He tweeted a SoundCloud link to the song on Tuesday (31st March) which included the caption, “There is nothing but love for what was left behind. That’s why we don’t mind. 😉 #zaughty #zinabad.”

Zayn Malik

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Of course, this came as a shock to Directioners because everyone expected him to take a break, considering the fact he did take a time out from the One Direction tour “due to stress”. So what gives, right?

Well, apparently, it didn’t quite fly. “I Won’t Mind” was quickly taken down less than a day after it was shared on Twitter. One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson was one of the first few people to publicly comment on the “release” of the song, because Naughty Boy had retweeted a “Zaughty will rise” video, which seemed like a reference to working with Zayn.

Louis accused Naughty Boy for “trying to wind the fans up”:

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