Presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams made the comments on the Rickie, Melvin and Vicky show during the mid-morning slot.
The Bradford-born singer posted a black and white video of an acapella performance of Night Changes, a hit from the band’s fourth album.
It prompted his global fan base to speculate about the meaning behind it.
Shocked fans sent messages of support and prompted others to ask what he was trying to tell them.
Others were quick to point out it is the second time this year he has sung a One Direction tune, having posted an Instagram video on June 11 singing ‘You And I’ from their 2013 album Midnight Memories.
The singer, whose most recent album Nobody Is Listening peaked at 17 in the UK albums chart, previously dated Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.
He was placed on 90 days probation on all four counts for a total of 360 days, and told to complete an anger management class and a domestic violence programme.
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