On the account that he wants to be a normal 22-year-old, Malik announced his leaving the group on Thursday. People who follow One Direction probably could have predicted this considered Malik had quit the “On the Road Again Tour” previously to quitting the group in total.
In case you hadn’t put all the facts together, I am a fan of One Direction, and I have written about the group in a couple of posts. In addition, I have tickets for the concert scheduled for August 8 in Baltimore, MD. Therefore, when I heard that Malik quit the group, I had some questions. What happened? What does he plan to do next? Is this the end of One Direction? Will Zayn’s voice appear on any of the tracks on the group’s fifth album?
There’s a ton of speculation about what Malik’s future plans are as of now. Some say that he’s going to go solo while some “Directioners” are still in denial that he’s out of the group at all. He is still engaged to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, so I guess his immediate future involves a storybook wedding. The whole “normal 22-year-old” thing isn’t going to happen, though, considering he’s been trending on Twitter since Thursday.
Since Malik wasn’t really my favorite in the group, I’m thinking more about how the remaining four members are feeling. It kind seems like this may be the beginning of the end, and of course, that makes me a bit sad. Still, I kind of feel like Malik was always the weak link (not vocally but in the sense that he wasn’t as into the music), so maybe One Direction will continue on as a four man band.
Of course, Malik is a powerhouse vocalist, so someone is going to have to step up and take on his high notes in older songs (and new ones for that matter). I do think that the band needs to regroup vocally and figure out how to write songs that cater to their current talents. Still, Harry Styles is a part of the band, so I don’t think they’ll have that much trouble.
So, despite the fact that people are now calling the band “One DiWrecktion” or stating “I guess they’re going two directions now,” I think that the boys have a shot as four instead of five. Of course, nothing lasts forever, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I wish them all the good luck I can find. Happy kommenting :)