Zayn Malik leaving One Direction: Why am I not surprised?


Zayn Malik’s decision to quit One Direction shocked me today, purely because I never thought he would go through with it. Him wanting to leave is no surprise – it has been pretty clear for a while now – I’m just amazed that the 1D camp let him go. The fandom must be in serious mourning.

The signs have been there for a long time now, from leaving the tour due to stress and missing that Orlando gig in November. I always felt like his heart wasn’t it like Niall, Louis, Harry and Liam and you could feel his reluctance, shyness and lack of enthusiasm in pictures and interviews. He always seemed to be having the least fun. Even back in The X Factor bootcamp stage, he refused to learn a dance routine (which is why I’m shocked he was put in the boyband in the first place) and didn’t seem to have the same drive.


I never thought he would be the first to go, simply because Harry seemed like the natural one to break away and go solo. He is the most famous, the most charismatic and he seems to handle the media attention quite well. But I never felt Zayn was happy and judging from his statement, where he says he wants “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”, he has no desire to continue a career in music. You never know, he might find normal life boring and make a comeback, although if he thinks his life will ever be normal, he is crazy.

I just get the impression he hasn’t handled fame as well as the others and he got a lot of press attention, especially when that weed smoking video came out and when he got engaged to Perrie. If he wanted a quiet life, he shouldn’t have started dating another pop star, by the way. Obviously he has also been in hot water for pictures showing him getting cosy with another girl during tour and I can understand that it all got too much. But to jack it all in takes balls and I reckon he has been considering it for a really long time. Leaving One Direction cannot be a snap decision.


I do feel sorry for him though. He seems troubled. I couldn’t handle being in the limelight the way they are. They can’t go anywhere or do anything incognito. Sure, they are in a universally successful boyband and their pop dreams came true etc but it’s still a very heavy price to pay. Every time ANOTHER tour is announced, I groan because they’re never given a break. It’s a constant album-tour-album cycle with little room to breathe.

What I’m trying to say is, being in that group must be tough so I don’t blame him for leaving and I’m not at all shocked. I’m sad to see him go as I loved his voice and he is so hot but I hope this doesn’t mean the end of One Direction because they have a good few more years in them yet.


  1. […] lack the drive and the enthusiasm for the pop star life. As I said when he quit the band in March (see piece here), he always seems the least bothered by the lifestyle, the least hard-working and the most […]

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