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Has your teen been crying more than
usual in the past week? Unable to eat, clutching her pillow and sobbing "Come
back come back" while "Story of My Life" plays on an endless loop in the
background? She may just be reacting to the news that Zayn Malik has left One
Direction. Yes, I know it's already been seven whole days since the horrible
event, but when the entire Universe comes crashing down and the earth stops
spinning on its axis, it takes a while to recover.
Parents, try to be sensitive and
remember how you felt when a similarly devastating event occurred, like when
the Beatles broke up, or for me—when "Parenthood" got cancelled. (JOEL AND
JULIA HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME?) In case you need to comfort your teen and guide them through
this Zayntastrophe (I'm copyrighting that, by the way) here are some questions your teen might be asking:
According to his official statement,
Zayn quit the band because of personal reasons related to being in one of the
biggest boy bands of all time. "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." Of course, this translates to, "I'm tired of being
overshadowed by these other dudes, and want to have a solo career."
But wait—is there more?
Leading up to his departure, there was
talk that Zayn had cheated on his fiancé, Perrie Edwards, with a Swedish model.
The stress of dodging the rumors—and probably dodging an angry fiancé and a
jilted Swedish model—apparently became too much for the singer. "The
media accused him of cheating and he exploded over it. He's had enough of the
constant craziness," a source told People
And how are the fans taking Zayn's departure?
You be the judge of that:
Is he coming back? WELL, IS HE?
No, it doesn't look like it. Especially
after news that he was officially cut out of the video that has been playing
before all of the One Direction shows. Ouch.
At this point there are no plans to
replace him. But wait—Conan O'Brien may have found the perfect heartthrob to
fill Zayn's sexy shoes.
You were just kidding about a solo career, right?
Not really. The day after he announced
he was leaving the band, Zayn was already in the studio with U.K. producer
Naughty Boy. On March 30, just one week after leaving the band, Zayn dropped his first
single, "I Won't Mind."
Wait, what?! Can this story get any
Yes, yes it can! On Tuesday, March 31,
the single was pulled from SoundCloud while Zayn's former bandmate Louis Tomlinson
and Naughty Boy argued on Twitter. Zayn had accused the producer of trying to
upset 1D fans by tweeting "Zaughty will rise," a reference to helping Zayn and his new career, along with a link to the new single.