"Although I don't know him personally, I do wish the press would take it easy on @justin bieber," Louis, 21, wrote, adding, "I really do empathise with him, I don't see anything out of character in comparison to any other teenagers I know ."
Zayn, 20, agreed with Louis, writing, "@Louis_Tomlinson what a dude man :D ha got your back bro !! @justinbieber."
And those sweet tweets weren't lost on Justin. He tweeted back, "@zaynmalik @Louis_Tomlinson thanks fellas. all good over here. much appreciated."
Justin went on to perform a show from his Believe Tour Monday night in Portugal. "thanks to all the fans...the beliebers tonight," he tweeted afterwards. "incredible show."
We're glad to hear it. And as Justin himself sings, sometimes you can't fly until you let yourself fall.