dennie deyoung


After the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon; Paul McCartney; and George Harrison all went on to have thriving solo careers, including the timeless anthem Imagine for Lennon and the James Bond theme Live and Let Die for McCartney.

After the breakup of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters and David Gilmour continued on solo. Gilmour has retired, but Waters still plays to this day–20 years later.

After the schism in Styx, Dennis DeYoung went on to have a solo career. He still performs on a regular basis, both Styx stuff and his own music.

After the breakup of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce … do I have to finish that sentence? I’m pretty sure “After the breakup of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce” is a complete sentence.

After the breakup of The Jackson Five, Michael Jackson … that one is also a complete sentence, I think.

Janet Jackson was never a member of The Jackson Five, but she starred on the family’s variety show The Jacksons. She also went on to have one hell of a solo career.

After the breakup of N’Sync, Justin Timberlake went on to have a successful solo career and went from “boyband sweetheart” to “serious pop artist.”

Remember this: Zayn is doing what Zayn needs to do for Zayn. And should this still be the path he wants, should he still desire a career in music after taking his break from it all, he will have excellent company–from the most iconic boyband ever to the King of Pop.

Don’t assume you’ve heard the last of him. His time with 1D may be done, but you may well see his name on a solo cover in five years. And take heart, too, in this:

In 1979, Richard Wright left Pink Floyd. He returned in 1987 as a sessions musician and writer–legal matters kept him from being an “official” member, but he still produced and toured with them–and with him returned to the band two of their best albums were recorded.

Zayn may prove to be a Richard Wright. Take hope.