As any One Direction fan knows, the band was deeply saddened by the loss of Zayn Malik, though perhaps none of them more than Louis Tomlinson. Malik left the band back in March of this year to pursue a solo career with the intent of making what he called “real music.” Malik signed a deal with RCA earlier this year, whereas his former bandmates are signed to Simon Cowell’s SyCo Entertainment. Tomlinson recently opened up regarding the way he felt about Zayn’s departure, admitting he took it harder than most of the other members of the band.
Tomlinson told the Sunday Times Style that he had mixed feelings about Malik’s departure, saying “It was hard. I think maybe for me the most. But he wanted to be happy and he wasn’t…” Most fans did not take Zayn leaving as well as Tomlinson, but continued to support both One Direction and Malik in their respective careers.
Dont be sad because One Direction is having a year break. Be happy that Zayn Malik is starting his solo career soon.
— zayn (@zayncutestgifs) November 1, 2015
Tomlinson and his fellow bandmates recently performed at their last tour stop in Sheffield, England, before the band takes a quick break to rest. Meanwhile, their new song, “Perfect,” premiered at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, one slot ahead of Major Lazer’s song “Lean On” featuring Mo. Some fear Tomlinson, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne’s short break may portend disaster for the future of One Direction, but they assured fans they are just recharging a bit.
Others propose the exact opposite, that Louis and Harry are actually carrying on a homosexual relationship in secret, though this is unlikely given that they can’t even live together or tolerate one another. Whatever Tomlinson’s feelings are about his fellow bandmates, it’s unclear whether Zayn leaving had anything to do with the One Direction hiatus.
The fact that One Direction has managed to suffer these rumors and the loss of a band-mate and still survive, if not thrive, is pretty amazing in and of itself. Word on the street has it Tomlinson and the other One Direction members are going to go solo while the band takes its hiatus, which is only scheduled for a year but could be indefinite if the boys get too comfy in their solo work. Let us know what you think about Louis and Zayn’s feelings towards one another below, and also if you think the break is the end of One Direction.