Zayn Malik only officially left One Direction about a week ago, but he’s already got a solo track out. Produced by big-time UK producer Naughty Boy (who did a lot with Sam Smith), the song is called “I Won’t Mind” and frankly doesn’t sound anything like Zayn… but I say that not knowing what the guy really sounds like. I wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but alas…
What this track DOES sound like is a Bon Iver B-Side that thankfully didn’t make it to the album, down to the super-dubbed vocals and the echoing percussion that fades the track out. It’s not particularly good and I feel like Zayn probably only recorded this for shits and giggles rather than with the intent of putting it out in any kind of official capacity because it just doesn’t cut the mustard.
But here, you have a listen:
Considering that this kid has whinged on and on about how he doesn’t want to be famous and wants a normal life – and considering Naughty Boy was the one who originally posted the track online – I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and figure he probably didn’t want this out. Especially since it’s pretty shitty.
Oh, and Louis Tomlinson, Zayn’s former 1D bandmate, is NOT happy about all this – he and Naughty Boy got in a huge Twitter spat over the track leak since apparently Louis thinks it’s insensitive to those who are still in mourning.
Well, that was… enlightening. There have been some suggestions that Zayn was actually removed from the band rather than choosing to leave on his own, but who knows. Fans are nuts and have been calling Perrie Edwards the Yoko Ono of One Direction, too, which… LOL.
Less than a week after Zayn Malik pulled out of the One Direction tour to fly back to the UK and deal with “stress” (due to being caught cheating on fiancée Perrie Edwards yet again), it’s been announced that Zayn has officially left the group for good. The new broke just a few minutes ago with the following post on the group’s Facebook page:
After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.
Zayn says: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
One Direction say: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”
Simon Cowell says: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”
Huh. I can’t say I’m exactly surprised by this. Zayn was always a bit of an outcast (he was the last chosen for the group when Simon put them together on The X Factor) and clearly couldn’t stand the pressures of fame. One down, four more to go. Is One Direction’s reign going to grind to a halt now?
Oh, dear. Looks like it’s not just Zayn Malik who’s taking the heat for his groupie fucking in Thailand. Now his One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson‘s relationship with his long-term girlfriend Eleanor Caldor has come to an end after photos of him cavorting with a fan during a “pool party” at the villa where the guys were staying while in the country. Oopsies.
“Louis and Eleanor split up two weeks ago,” a rep confirms to PEOPLE. “They have not announced this as they wanted some privacy during this time.”
“Louis is really upset about it all,” a friend of the 23-year-old singer tells PEOPLE. “They tried really hard to make it work but it was just impossible, he’s away for nine months a year and they just grew apart.”
Ya, okay. They grew apart because he grew closer to this chick he was making out with in the pool (I can’t find the pics even though I saw them earlier today, but I’ll update as soon as I get hold of them again).
Unfortunately, these girls need to get it out of their head that there’s any chance of having some deep and meaningful relationship with the members of a boy band. They WILL cheat on you. Repeatedly. Over and over again. Come on, now.
BIG NEWS, folks (and yes, I’m kind of being sarcastic): Zayn Malik has dropped out of the One Direction tour due to “stress”. Of course, “stress” in this situation translates to “I got caught cheating on my fiancée and I can’t handle being called out as the fuckboy I am”. Am I getting ahead of myself? Okay, let me back up.
One Direction was doing a show in Thailand last weekend, and while there, Zayn got cozy with a woman who is NOT Perrie Edwards, who published this photo on her public Instagram page (which is now private, since she was getting threatened by the 1D fanbase):
After fans started going mental online, Zayn got all defensive, claiming that it’s not what it looks like and the girl is just a fan – which I’m sure she is… a fan of that dick! Here’s what he wrote on Twitter:
Nevermind that there were a lot of pap pics of them leaving the club together HOLDING HANDS. Sorry, but you do not put your arm around a fan like he is in the photo above, or press your face against hers, or LEAVE A CLUB HOLDING HER HAND as you lead her back to whatever sleazy place you cheat on your girlfriend. Triflin’.
Anyhoo, he won’t have to deal with too much backlash, because he immediately had a “doctor” sign him off on “stress”:
This whole thing is a hot ass mess. I’m sure he was off his heads on drugs (we’ve all heard THOSE rumours) when he cheated on her, but “stress”? How are PR people really using this in 2015? SMH…
One Direction‘s talent lies in… I dunno, getting on planes and turning up to stadiums full of screaming pre-teens who love them just because they exist and are moderately attractive. Oh, and I guess they have a couple catchy songs. In any case, it’s pretty safe to say that the group’s talent does NOT lie in being particularly smart. I mean, sure, Liam Payne probably meant well by the rant he shared with Twitter about the state of world affairs, but the execution left a bit (okay, a LOT) to be desired.
I mean, guys, this is serious. The people of Ghana can’t even get a McDonald’s! This is terrible.
In all seriousness, though, I do get what Liam is going for here, and I do think he means well – he’s trying to say that there’s a massive imbalance between rich and poor in this world and it’s troubling to see (though I would also like to see how much of his millions he donates to causes that help alleviate this rather than just tweeting about it). However, 1D fans are dumb, so watch them all go out and try to buy McDonald’s gift cards to send to Africa or something. You think I’m being sarcastic, but… nope.
Forbes released their annual list of the highest earning celebrities under the age of 30 this week, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re mostly all pop stars. They base the list off of their Celebrity 100 list and research they gathered to put that one together, so without further ado, prepare to cry yourself to sleep over your stack of student loans and leftover Thanksgiving food tonight as you realize just how much money these young people have and how much you (we) don’t:
Please tell me how on God’s green earth SKRILLEX made $18 million. Like, how is that just? How is it even possible? My mind is blown. Avicii is another surprise. I know people were nuts about ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey, Brother’… but $28 million worth of crazy? I mean, damn.