I want to start off this post with an apology to my readers and Zayn Malik. I’m a self-proclaimed Zayn girl, and I haven’t made one post about him on this blog yet. This blog I’ve been running for almost a year now. I think it’s maybe that I become so overwhelmed with his beauty and grace that I often find myself losing the ability to create coherent material. But here I am, finally talking about Zayn. It is way past due, but I think that going any longer without covering him on this platform would be a disgrace to him, you all, and myself.
So who is Zayn Malik? This beautiful specimen is Zayn Malik.
If you’re over 40, don’t have a teenage girl or boy that’s obsessed with boybands, or you just force yourself to not care about pop culture, you might be confused. Zayn Malik is a former member of the very popular boyband, One Direction.
In 2010, the boys that made up One Direction–Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson–all auditioned for the British Talent Search reality series, X Factor. They all auditioned individually, but eventually were put in a group to try to win the whole thing together.
And the rest is history! Seriously, it happened so fast. The boys didn’t win X Factor, which might have been the best thing that could ever happen. They signed with Simon Cowell, and him being the genius that he is, introduced the world to One Direction.
They spent a larger part of 2011 taking over the UK and US airwaves with their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful,” and it didn’t stop there. A One Hit Wonder was not the plan for these boys. So 4 albums later, a few record breaking music videos, 4 world tours, and MILLIONS of fans later, you could say One Direction has made quite the impact.
Despite criticism from the Try Hard Hipsters, 1D is a household name. Fans have their favorites, but I knew from the beginning (my sophomore year in COLLEGE) that there was only one member of One Direction for me.
I was immediately attracted and enamored by Zayn’s entire being. He was shy but also ridiculously talented. His runs, his falsetto, THOSE HIGH NOTES. Baby boy stole my heart and ran away with it. I’d always known
hoped that he would go solo. YEP. I’m that girl. No shade to 1D, but I knew the group wouldn’t last forever, and as nature would take its course, I predicted Zayn and Harry would be the ones to attempt solo careers. Zayn and Harry have magnificent voices and give me serious Justin Timberlake/JC Chasez feels.
The breakup of One Direction would be long into the future though, thought I and everyone else. They have a contract and would probably crank out a few albums before closing the curtain on the show, right? WRONG. SO WRONG. ABORT MISSION. Enter March 25th, 2015.
Zayn Malik has left One Direction.
Oh…..Oh? OH. OKAY. Cue fangirls going crazy and the media having a field day. A beloved member of the most popular boyband has left the building. Sayanara?
As you can see in the video above, I was a little heartbroken at first, but also DELIGHTED in knowing that this probably wouldn’t be the end. The reasonings behind Zayn leaving were quite vague in the beginning. Initially, we were told he wanted to live a “normal life” (lolz) but I wouldn’t accept that as the truth. And as time carried on, I began to see the bigger picture.
Fast forward a couple months filled with rumors of what Zayn’s future would hold, and just last week, he signed with RCA Records. Zayn is officially going solo. Yes, that is the sound of me wailing. I am stoked. I am ready. I have always wanted Solo Zayn, but it’s happened way earlier than expected. Some are a bit bitter that Zayn has left to do his own thing, but I see no problem! One Direction is still together and have a loyal fanbase. Zayn clearly wanted more, and he went for it. There doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the two parties right now, and I’m a huge believer that they’ll always support one another.
I have no idea what Zayn and RCA have planned for me, but I can be sure that I won’t make it through. This is only the beginning of Zayn coverage here on the blog. Get ready for lots of Unashamed Fangirling. #ZaynWatch