By Ariana Bacle
May 07, 2015 at 02:39 PM EDT
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Former One Direction member Zayn Malik and current One Direction member Louis Tomlinson got in a bit of a scuffle on Twitter Wednesday—and Malik’s not pleased with the reaction to it: “Don’t know why I’m being attacked for defending myself , people got it twisted!” he tweeted Thursday.

To refresh: Producer Naughty Boy posted a photo of him and Malik, and hours later, Tomlinson tweeted, “Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha !” Malik replied to that tweet with, “remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine ?”

Although Malik’s reply came off more like a burn than anything, he claims he was defending himself—and he wants everyone to know that it has nothing to do with his fans. “I love my fans ?!” he tweeted. (Not sure why he had to put a question mark there, but, okay.) “Every single one of you x.”