Los Angeles: Boy band One Direction thanked its former member Zayn Malik while accepting the honour for Top Duo/Group at the 2015 Billboard Awards.

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik. Pic/Santa Banta 

The band addressed the singing sensation as "brother" during its speech at the event, reported Entertainment Weekly.

Zayn Malik, 22, announced his departure from the popular group, two months back.

"There's one more person we have to thank and that's our brother Zayn. So thank you very much!" Liam Payne said.

Last week Zayn Malik and a One Direction member Louis Tomlinson got embroiled in a Twitter spat, where the singer asked the latter to stop making bitchy comments about him.

Louis Tomlinson later said the duo patched up, and the five-year old band said it harboured no hard feelings for Malik. "We wish him the best where ever he get to. There's no hard feeling," Liam Payne said.