Zayn Malik Update: Teen Choice Awards Pits Former Member Against 1D

While fans are still mending their broken hearts after Zayn Malik departed world sensation boy band One Direction earlier this year, it seems as if some people, and some television shows for that matter, are set on keeping the heartbreak alive. Today, the first round of nominations for the upcoming Teen Choice Awards were released, and many “Directioners” found it upsetting, to say the least.

Billboard reports that the first round of nominations for the upcoming show includes the category of “Fashion Choice Male Hottie,” in which Zayn was pitted against his former One Direction bandmates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan.

Fashion Choice Male Hottie
5 Seconds of Summer
Austin Mahone
Justin Bieber
One Direction
Ryan Guzman
Zayn Malik

The insidious choices of FOX’s Teen Choice Awards to place Zayn against his former band seems disrespectful according to numerous fans, who accuse the show of creating drama for higher ratings.

The remaining boys of One Direction haven’t said too much about Zayn’s departure, aside from the fact that they are still friends and they respect his decisions to leave the band. Yet, controversy over Zayn seems to keep popping up.

Recently, rumors surfaced that Zayn left the band at the insistence of his fiancee Perrie Edwards. Others speculated that he was fired from the band due to drug use.

However, regardless of the reason, many One Directions fans accepted his departure, although they are rightfully angered when their favorite boy band is stacked against a former member of the group in the same category.

For a few fans, however, the nominations may give them a chance to express their disdain of Zayn leaving the band. At a recent One Direction concert in Cardiff, Wales, numerous fans began to boo when the former boy band member’s face appeared on a video that aired prior to the show.

This isn’t the first time that the Teen Choice Awards has landed in hot water. Last year, the show was accused of “rigging” the results after famous Internet personality Cameron Dallas revealed that some of the winners were informed they won an entire week before voting ended.

Although hosts of the show stated that 165 million votes were placed online in 2014, there were no comments regarding the accusation.

To see if Zayn Malik beats out his former band mates in the controversial nomination, tune into the Teen Choice Awards, airing August 16, on FOX, at 8 p.m. ET.

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