Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are the former One Direction friends who were predicted by some to be the band’s two most promising breakout solo stars.
When Zayn left One Direction, Harry Styles was said to have been especially shaken. Outlets reported that Harry felt betrayed because he had always been Malik’s biggest supporter in the band.
Hollywood Life even reported that Harry and Zayn had a teary phone conversation after Zayn left the One Direction tour.
“They were both in floods of tears… Harry was hoping to talk [Zayn] round and get him back on the tour. He had no idea he was going to drop the bombshell and say he was leaving.”
Zayn had not yet quit the band, only the tour. Apparently Harry called Zayn hoping to get him back on the tour, and the cute guys both broke down in tears. Zayn was definitely not planning to go back to the One Direction tour, and in fact the next day he went a step further and quit the band completely.
Zayn’s solo career has taken off in 2016 with Mind Of Mine, but the Bradford star is still pulling out of performances. Today Zayn pulled out of a Capital FM Summertime Ball performance, explaining that he has been suffering from anxiety, reports Sugarscape.
“With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
Malik apologized to his beloved UK fans and said that he hopes people will understand.
“I cannot apologize enough but I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me. I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today. I know those who suffer with anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathise with my situation.”
Meanwhile, Harry Styles is said to have returned home to London following a stint in France filming for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, his first film role.
While Harry was in France, his favorite brand, Gucci, released a new line inspired by Harry’s tattoos, reports Refinery29.
Some major stars have snapped up the opportunity to be covered in Harry Styles’ tattoos without actually committing to the ink.
Beyoncé has been spotted wearing the Harry Styles Gucci jacket. Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, also wore a tiny version, so both mother and daughter had Harry’s butterfly stomach tattoo emblazoned across their backs.
Styles has expressed his love for Beyoncé before. When Nick Grimshaw asked the One Direction guys who they’d like to be for a day, Harry chose Beyoncé and said he would perform all her hits, reports MTV.
“If I was Beyoncé for a day I would perform a concert with some of her hit songs like Single Ladies, Halo & Drunk In Love.”
Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, has previously expressed interest in managing Styles and making him “the biggest star in the world.”
Beyoncé’s rumored love rival, Rihanna, has also been spotted wearing the Harry Styles Gucci jacket.
Harry has a long history with Rihanna, too. After Taylor Swift allegedly dissed Harry at the MTV awards a few years back, the Daily Mail reported that Styles got his revenge by “snuggling up to Rihanna.”
“Harry appeared to keep his cool as he was soon spotted snuggling up to Rihanna.”
The admiration is mutual — in addition to wearing the Harry jacket, Rihanna has said she loves watching Harry in One Direction videos and that he seems like “a natural” performer, reports Celebuzz.
“When asked about her favorite member of 1D, Rihanna couldn’t help but gush about Styles. ‘Harry, yeah. I watch their videos and I remember thinking, “Wow, he’s a star,” she told Australian reporters. ‘He seems very sure. It seems, like, it’s so natural to him.’ “
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