I’ll admit that I’m a fan of One Direction, but not to the point so many others are. I enjoy their music, but I honestly only remember which one is Zayn and which one is Harry. So when Zayn left the band a year ago, I was honestly more frustrated that I didn’t know who anyone was except Harry. It makes me feel old.
When Zayn announced he was leaving One Direction for personal reasons of wanting to sort out his life, I thought it was a very mature decision that was certainly a hard one for him.
Now I’m not so sure for a couple of reasons.
One: Around a week or so later after saying he was leaving to be a “normal 22-year-old,” he released a song with Naughty Boy and announced he was going solo. That doesn’t seem to me like being a normal 22-year-old.
Two: Recently Zayn has come out saying he was restricted about things he could do while in the band and how none of his fellow band members except Liam (I legitimately had to look up which one that was) still speak to him.
Frankly, Zayn’s commentary has been immensely off-putting for me.
He specified that he could not grow a beard (which he rebelled against) and could not dye his hair. I understand that taking away the freedom to experiment with your look can be frustrating when you’re still trying to figure out who you are, but it seems like on the lower-end of terrible things your label could have done to you. Clearly they didn’t care that much since Zayn had stubble towards the end of his run with the band.
Now for the other boys not talking to him, I can imagine that they might be a bit put-off that Zayn bailed on the band during a tour with a number of stops still left.
My question for Zayn is: Have you tried to reach out to them and are being ignored or have you not tried either?
Communication is a two way street Zayn.
My main problem with Zayn’s complaints is how ungrateful he sounds.
There is no mention of the band being so terrible to him (by not letting him dye his hair) as the reason he can now have this solo career. Sure, maybe he could have made it on his own the hard way. But he, like many other boy band members who have gone solo before him, had the privilege of already having a loyal and supporting fan-base who are very willing to continue their support as he goes onto this new part of his career. Justin Timberlake acknowledges that he left for similar reasons as Zayn, but seems grateful for the time he spent in NSYNC that led him to a successful solo career.
Zayn, on the other hand, has not been gracious publicly since he left One Direction and has not celebrated his ex-band mates’ successes. I’m not saying he has to be jumping up and down with joy that they’re doing well, but it is childish to make little jabs at them via social media or in interviews.
There is a proper way to handle any kind of break up, but I think this was not handled with class and dignity.
So while I have no issue with Zayn wanting to leave to find himself and produce the music he truly loves, I have do have issues with him lying to his fans and then acting like a vital stepping stone in his career is one of the worst decisions he made in his life. I think in the beginning he was well spoken and said he wanted to make music he loves, but as time goes on, his reasonable arguments have undertones of superiority which is not okay.
So because of this, I think Zayn has a bad attitude.