knowing that zayn beat more records than any of the others when it came to his debut single truly makes me Nut™ in the most dignified way, especially knowing that ot4 stans like to perpetuate the completely fabricated idea that he’s a “flop” lol
there is no denying that zayn had it the hardest out of ot5. no matter how many of you try to ignore his existence and pretend he wasn’t in the group at all. no matter how hard you have your heart set on larry being real.
zayn’s faith is real. zayn’s race is real. there is literally no argument around it.
and yet, for five years, modest tried to hide up zayn’s religion as much as they possibly could. they ignored his faith. they ignored the discrimination made against him. they took his race and used it to twist him into an image that was not zayn malik–they took the only poc in the band and forced upon him a dark, mysterious, bad boy image, unlike the rest of the boys.
when zayn was attacked for who he is, he went ignored by his band and his team. no one stepped up to defend him.
five years of this. zayn went through this for five years. and one day, he decided he didn’t want to feel alone anymore. he didn’t want to feel ignored. he didn’t want to be tied to a career that didn’t let him be himself.
two years ago today, zayn malik gave up one direction to pursue his own happiness. he gave up his four “brothers” to be himself and do what he loves. he made the tough decision in choosing his mental health over the reason he’s even here today.