Their beef all started when Zayn, whose tweets have become increasingly messier over the past few weeks (we can’t think what that could have stemmed from), retweeted a message comparing Taylor Swift unfavourably to Miley Cyrus.
The tweet featured quotes from both of the singers, with Miley saying she didn’t care if fans streamed her music rather than paying for it on iTunes, because she’s already “made her money”, while Taylor was only comfortable with her fans listening to it if they paid for it.
However, this appeared to irk Calvin, who has been dating Taylor since earlier this year.
He fired back at Zayn in a string of angry posts, writing: “You've made your money? Cool...fuck the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah fuck em.”
If u don't get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry...— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 17, 2015
...stay out my fuckin mentions pls— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 17, 2015
While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there's some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 17, 2015
Meaning...stay out of things you don't understand— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 17, 2015
Rather unfortunately, Zayn then responded to Calvin directly, telling him he’d “made a fool of himself”, adding: “You clearly didn't understand what I just said either.”
@CalvinHarris so i suggest you calm your knickers before them dentures fall out— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 17, 2015
Oh and I write my own shit too dickhead— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 17, 2015
Things then took an even more embarrassing turn when Calvin then appeared to truly have “calmed his knickers”, telling Zayn that “it was the quote” that had rubbed him up the wrong way, “not you personally mate”.
@zaynmalik best of luck, genuinely. You've got a great voice— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 17, 2015
And while Twitter users were divided over who exactly was in the right (if anyone), Zayn’s former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson - who famously had a public Twitter row with Zayn in the days that followed him leaving 1D - made it pretty clear what side his bread was buttered on, favouriting one of Calvin’s tweets.
This isn’t the first time Zayn’s Twitter action has landed him in the headlines recently, though, having had a dig at his ex-fiancée, Perrie Edwards, on social media over the weekend.