Zayn Malik is heading in a New Direction
Since Zayn Malik decided to leave the British boy band One Direction in late march, he has changed his focus and is heading in a new direction. Malik’s immediate plans are “to write and relax and chill.” Although it is unclear if superstar Malik will ever get a chance to “chill” like the average twenty-two year old, he is definitely focusing on his music. According to The Sun, Malik is experimenting with new sounds, including rap. He’s also working on new music with producer Naughty Boy. This transition in his life has made him happier; he says he’s “never felt more in control.”
Although Malik’s departure from 1D left many fans heartbroken and confused, remaining One Direction members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson will carry on as 1D, and “look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour.” The 1D family insists that they support and respect Malik in his decision to leave the band, considering they all auditioned for Simon Cowell’s music television competition “The X Factor” in the hope of becoming solo artists. In a statement, Malik said, “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”
Malik is just as supportive of the members of 1D; in a recent interview he said, “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.”
Malik’s decision to leave One Direction mirrors Timberlake’s decision to leave *NSYNC for a solo career in 2001, which tore up fans’ hearts worldwide and was just as criticized. Timberlake had a successful run with the boy band for nearly eight years before going off on his own. In an interview with Oprah, Timberlake recalls, “I would wake up every morning feeling this more and more of an urge to step out on my own and try my own hand as a musician just by myself.” Certainly, JT has launched a noteworthy solo music career, scoring nine Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and seven American Music Awards.
Although it is not yet obvious whether Malik’s solo career will be as exceptional as JT’s, 1D fans are sure to remain by his side throughout this artistic process, never losing sight that he lights up their world like nobody else.
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