The new Little Mix single “Shout Out to My Ex” is coming, and it doesn’t look too flattering for Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards’ ex-boyfriend. The girl group premiered a snippet of their new single on the official Little Mix Instagram page earlier today.
The music heard in the short clip sounds like it would fit right in with previous Little Mix tracks. Little Mix’s signature harmonies are on display, accompanied by a thrumming drumbeat. At the end of the preview, the soloist sings the lyrics “you’ll never bring me down” — perhaps Perrie’s message to Zayn?
The clip appears to be promoting both “Shout Out to My Ex” and its accompanying music video, which will be set in the desert and feature Perrie Edwards hitchhiking. “Shout Out to My Ex” will premiere this Friday, October 16, and Little Mix will debut the single with a performance on The X Factor.
The clip isn’t the only thing that has Mixers buzzing. Some of the lyrics to the new single seem to heavily reference the Zayn-Perrie breakup.
In a promotional image posted by Little Mix’s Instagram page, the girls are shown holding hands together surrounded by the lyrics “Took four long years to call it quits / Forget that boy I’m over it.” Zayn and Perrie Edwards started dating near the end of 2011, and while the relationship had its ups and downs due to Zayn’s infidelity, the pair officially split during 2015.
The “four years” in the “Shout Out to My Ex” lyrics are therefore probably referencing the Zayn-Perrie breakup. The rest of the line is remarkably similar to the lyrics of “Hair,” a breakup anthem that celebrates ending a relationship with a boy because “he was just a d*ck and I knew it.”
However, “Hair” supposedly was not written about Zayn. When the song first came out, Sugarscape reported that Perrie did not write the song about Zayn, as they had not yet broken up when it was being written. After Ryan Seacrest asked Perrie if “Hair” was about Zayn, she vehemently denied it.
“People like to write a lot of crap… what they didn’t work out was we wrote the album before that happened.”
Other lyrics from “Shout Out to My Ex” that have supposedly leaked are much crueler towards Zayn. According to the Daily Mail, the lyrics imply that Zayn is terrible in bed.
“‘I hope she gettin’ better sex /Hope she ain’t fakin’ it like I did, babe.”
While these lyrics don’t contain any details that point specifically towards the Zayn-Perrie relationship, they are pretty embarrassing for anyone who used to date a member of Little Mix. Zayn’s solo career has revolved around him being perceived as a sexy R&B bad boy who ditched his One Direction reputation. The not-safe-for-work music video for Zayn’s debut single “Pillowtalk” depicts the singer aggressively kissing his girlfriend Gigi Hadid amidst other sexually charged imagery.
Zayn wrote “Pillowtalk” shortly after he left One Direction — in other words, he wrote the song while he was still dating Perrie. If the lyrics to “Shout Out to My Ex” are about Zayn, then his entire debut single and public image are based on his mediocre sex life with Perrie.
Perrie also supposedly sings, “Guess I should say thank you / For the ‘hate yous’ and the tattoos / Oh baby I’m cool by the way / Ain’t sure I loved you anyway.”
This lyric is definitely about Perrie’s relationship with Zayn. While the two were still dating, Zayn got a tattoo that depicts a girl who looks just like Perrie.
The premiere of the full Little Mix song on Friday will reveal how much of “Shout Out to My Ex” is about Zayn. Tune into The X Factor or stay glued to social media to hear the song.
What do you think of the Zayn-Perrie drama brought on by Little Mix’s “Shout Out to My Ex”?
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