Liam Payne has made light of Zayn Malik departing the One Direction world tour and it's caused something of a backlash among diehard fans.

Payne tweeted a photo of the boyband's photocall in the Philippines, which showed him covering Malik's face on a promotional poster.

He wrote:  "#makinglightofasituation sorry for the laughs guys."

After fans accused Payne of "erasing" Malik from the group, he followed up by tweeting: "Some people can't take a joke... Bit of banter guys chill out" and "Never mind".

Last week, Malik was signed off the world tour due to stress and has returned to the UK.