Liam Payne is turning over a new leaf when it comes to his outlook on former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik. The “Bedroom Floor” singer is set to attend the 2018 BRIT Awards next month after scoring nominations for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year all coming from his debut single “Strip That Down.” Zayn is also nominated with Taylor Swift for a video award for their collaboration on the track, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” But, it doesn’t really matter who wins or not, because we’re purely focused on Liam and Zayn possibly reconnecting.

Liam is finally ready to patch up his broken relationship with his former bandmate after tensions grew between them once Zayn left One Direction in 2015. It was reported that after Zayn dipped out of the group, he lost total contact with the rest of the boys. Whether or not that was true, it was obvious that their friendship just wasn’t the same anymore. Now, things are different. Liam said that he’s willing to see Zayn only under one condition – if Zayn wants to see him!

Liam said, “If he’s there [at the BRIT Awards] and wants to hang with me, then sure.” Okay, so it’s not the most enthusiastic quote of all time, but it’s promising. While Zayn has yet to chime back at Liam, we’re hopeful that he gets wind of this story. How great would it be to see them chatting together? Or, honestly, we don’t even need a photo. It would just be nice to hear from Liam after the awards how it was catching up with his old pal. Really, just give us anything!

All of this comes after Liam publicly wished Zayn a happy birthday on Twitter just after the new year. Liam was the only person from the One Direction boys to do so, which really says something. The message was simple, but it was something that no one expected. It’s not clear if Zayn reached out to Liam after he tried to @ him on Twitter, but clearly, Liam is trying to get his attention with this tweet and his willingness to see him at the BRIT awards.

It’s important to remember that Liam isn’t the first one willing to get back in touch with Zayn. Louis Tomlinson and the Bradford Bad Boy have already patched things up this past year after taking advice from his mom, Johannah Deakin, before she passed away. He said, “We got back in touch with each other and kind of cleared the air and talked everything through. So we’re mates again, I suppose. Like anything like that, it takes time. But it was nice that we had an opportunity to clear the air and be adults about it, I suppose.”

Louis continued, “My mum said, ‘You’ve got to get back in contact with Zayn. Life’s too f–king short’. A mother’s intuition is just f–king crazy. It always felt supernatural to me. My mum always knew what I was feeling and what I wanted. I can’t stand to hold a grudge with anyone. It doesn’t sit with me right. If there is any animosity, just clear the air. I met up with him and it was nice.”

Our fingers are crossed that Liam finds some way to do exactly what Louis did. Zayn leaving the band was pretty terrible all around, but it’s over and done with. It’s been years and all of the boys have grown up. They are ALL doing their own thing now. It’s time for Liam and Zayn to move past the drama.

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