One Direction and The Wanted’s Feud Heats Up: Zayn Malik and Max George Have Nasty Exchange on Twitter

Crystal Bell / November 23, 2012

Talk about battle of the bands.

One Direction and The Wanted engaged in an all-out Twitter war earlier this week. On Tuesday, One Direction crooner Zayn Malik called The Wanted’s Max George a “geek” — and he was less than happy with that particular hashtag.

It all started when George tweeted a photo with “Gangnam Style” singer Psy. “Me and Psy getting messy #geekandproud,” he tweeted. However, Malik’s reply was less than complimentary.

“The first step is acceptance #geekoftheweek,” he tweeted. He then added, “Your display just shows how much of a wannabe you are :).” That’s when things got ugly. (Note: All of the tweets have since been deleted, but screengrabs of the exchange can be found here.)

George fired back with, “That’s not very nice. I was just starting to like you and your RnB hits.” The Wanted’s  Tom Parker then added, “I think ‘1 stripes’ got his knickers in a twist bro,” referring to the signature blonde streak in Malik’s hair.

Malik fired back at Parker, tweeting, “Mate if I had a face like yours my hair would be the last thing I’d worry about :).” Parker then tweeted a photo of Malik with the message, “Bradford Bad Boi,” referring to Malik’s hometown in the U.K.

That’s when One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson entered the Twitter beef, telling Parker, “Pipe down bad boy.”

Malik later responded to George and Parker. “Let’s not even start discussing vocal ability boys ;) would love to chat gotta run though rehearsals.” And George replied, “Enjoy rehearsals. Stay off the bud… It clearly makes u cranky.”

This isn’t the first time the two boy bands have gotten into a war of words with each other. George recently told MTV he was confused by Tomlinson‘s recent harsh remarks toward the rival boy band. The One Direction singer told the UK’s Now magazine, “If you want to create rivalry, then let’s do it.”

Tomlinson went on to tell the magazine when he first heard The Wanted’s single, “All Time Low,” in the UK, he thought it was a “great song by a great band.” However, once The Wanted hit it big in the U.S. with “Glad You Came,” things started to change among the two British pop bands, he said. And the wounds are still fresh for Tomlinson.

“It changed all of a sudden,” Tomlinson added. “There was one press story where they were bad-mouthing us. I thought maybe that had been twisted. But then there ended up being about 10 stories and they’ve been caught on camera doing little things.”

But The Wanted argue it’s Tomlinson who’s making a big deal out of nothing. “It seems to us at the moment that the only time we talk about One Direction is getting asked about comments they’ve made,” The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes told MTV.

George then added: “That’s true actually. It’s quite boring now. To be fair, it’s Louis, though. It doesn’t seem to be any of the others… Louis seems to be the one who has a lot to say, for some reason. I don’t know what it is.”

Before ending the conversation, however, George took one final dig at Tomlinson. “Maybe he fancies one of us or something?”

That comment obviously didn’t go over well with Tomlinson and his bandmates. It seems like these two boy bands aren’t going to resolve their issues anytime soon.

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