One Direction’s First Music Video Launch Without Zayn Malik Wows Music Fans, So Why Did They Photoshop Zayn Out Of Old Footage?

One Direction does not need Zayn Malik — that seems to be the message coming out loud and clear from the reception their latest music video, “Drag Me Down,” has received from music fans all over the world on its release.

According to E! Online, One Direction’s four remaining group members — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson — shot the video at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, with Ben and Gabe Turner directing the shoot. The press release to One Direction’s label read as follows.

“Filming took place around the NASA T-38 aircraft jets that are used by astronauts to train for spaceflight, and the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Aircraft, a specialized aircraft that is used for high atmosphere research work.”

Apparently, the teenage band also shot in a full-scale replica of the Orion spacecraft, NASA’s next-generation space vehicle in development, which is to carry manned missions to Mars and other deep space destinations.

The three-minute video sees the One Direction members sport spacesuits and prepare for travel in different parts of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, a simulator facility at NASA for the training of actual astronauts.

Watch the video here.

One Direction fans went wild in the aftermath of the release, and took to social media to express their appreciation for the new music video.

Drag me down music video was so….. out of the world 🚀🚀🚀🌎🌑🌠!!!!!

— nat (@daggertattooH) August 21, 2015

Meanwhile, as if the overwhelming reception One Direction received for their latest music video was not enough, the group posted a trivia question for their supporters on Twitter with a picture from their 2014 music video, “Steal My Girl.” That seems innocent enough, except the photo cropped out former band member Zayn Malik altogether from the picture. Seems like One Direction’s social media executive is still not over the breakup.

In related news, it has been reported that One Direction has decided to take a break after their fifth studio album releases later in March next year. ITV reported that the break will be temporary, as the four members seek to build their solo careers, and should definitely not be seen as “a split.”

“The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband… They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects… There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision.”

Only time will tell if the four One Direction members remain together in the foreseeable future, but one thing’s for sure — the release of their latest music video has surely put the saga engulfing Zayn Malik’s departure from the band to rest, once and for all.

[Photo: “One Direction – Drag Me Down (Official Single Cover)”, Wikipedia]