Zayn Malik has returned to twitter.

The One Direction star - who is joined by Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in the group - left the social network after receiving abuse from people two days ago, but has decided to return for the sake of the band's fans.

He wrote: ''Sorry, I was getting some abuse on twitter but I dont want to let my fans down. So I am back!! :) x (sic)''

He then proceeded to retweet a number of supportive message, with Welcome Back Zayn saying: ''we're so glad that you're back :)) dont do that again okay :)) we missed you so much !! (sic)''

Zayn also thanked those who did like him, adding: ''And thanks for all your messages of support. I really do love all you guys, your support never ceases 2 amaze me xxx (sic)''

The 19-year-old hunk had become increasingly frustrated with speculation about his relationship to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

A source said: ''They couldn't be happier, it's ridiculous that anyone thinks otherwise.

''When they're together it's like excited teenagers getting together for the first time.''