Ever since Zayn Malik broke our hearts by leaving One Direction, plenty of people have spoken out about his bold decision, from 5 Seconds of Summer to Simon Cowell. For the most part, Malik’s friends and colleagues have been overwhelmingly supportive, wishing him the best and commending him for prioritizing his happiness.
But in a new interview with Rolling Stone, former Oasis guitarist and current High Flying Birds frontman Noel Gallagher had some harsh words for the former boy bander. Instead of sugar-coating the sitch with all that well-wishing, Gallagher tackled what a lot of us are probably thinking on the inside: WHY, ZAYN, WHY?
First, a little disclaimer: In case you’re not familiar with Gallagher and his predictably amusing interview habits, suffice it to say he’s one of the most opinionated musicians out there. The guy has an opinion on pretty much anything ever, and spewing colorful (and sometimes controversial) commentary about anything under the sun is all in a day’s work for him.
Even though Gallagher admitted he’s never actually met the 22-year-old (though he has met Harry Styles, whom he insists is “a good lad!”), he didn’t hold back on skewering Malik.
“For Zayn, I'd say, ‘F—kin’ get a good accountant because life is very f—kin’ long,” the English rocker said. “It's a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age. The greatest quote was — I laughed out loud when I read it — ‘I just want to be a normal 22-year-old.’ Pfft. Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?! Hang on a minute. You can be f—king anything that moves and gettin' paid half a million dollars a week, you f—kin’ idiot.”
Woah. OK. Let’s pause for a sec and admit that, yes, Gallagher does bring up a valid point. It’s probably hard for a lot of us to understand why someone would choose to give up worldwide fame and fortune. But still…a little harsh there, Noel?
“You want to be a normal 22-year-old? Have you met any normal 22-year-olds?” he continued. “They're f—kin’ shit-for-brains. What are you talking about, you f—kin’ idiot? God…I’ll say this to you, Zayn: You might have wanted to be a normal 22-year-old, but you won't want to be a normal 25-year-old.”
Needless to say, a lot of Directioners (almost all of whom are still very supportive of Zayn, BTW) were NOT feelin’ Gallagher’s comments.
What do you think: Were Gallagher’s comments too harsh or does he have a point? Sound off below!