Zayn Malik is supporting Louis Tomlinson ''privately'' following the death of his mother.

The 23-year-old former One Direction singer publicly feuded with his 25-year-old former band mate when he quit the group in 2015, but has put their differences aside to show his support after it was revealed Louis' mother Johannah Deakin passed away Wednesday (12.07.16) following a secret battle with leukaemia.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, a source said: ''Zayn has been in touch with Louis privately, and will continue to offer his support that way.''

The news comes after the 'Pillow Talk' hitmaker was rumoured to be in the audience - alongside remaining One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne - for Louis' performance on UK talent show 'The X Factor' on Saturday (10.12.16), where he performed his new single 'Just Hold On' in dedication to his mother.

However, it later transpired Zayn had been in New York for work commitments, as he appeared at the Billboard Women for Music Awards on the night Johannah's untimely death was announced.

But the 'It's You' singer reached out publicly in support of Louis, as he previously took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

He wrote: ''@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x (sic).''

Liam, 23, also reached out via the micro-blogging site to offer his condolences to his ''brother'', saying he is ''always here'' to support him.

He wrote: ''Louis, I'm so sorry for you my brother my heart aches for you, just know I love you the same from a million miles away as i do right next to you. I'm always here for you through everything as you have been for me.

''My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this incredibly sad time I can't begin to imagine what you are all going through. Rip Johanna you are forever in my thoughts (sic).''