But today (June 15), Zayn Malik has finally released his first real solo effort -- a cover of Rae Sremmurd's "No Type" which he performed alongside UK rapper MIC Righteous -- and, well, it's pretty hard to deny this.
Because, first of all, it's amazing. That voice! Like BUTTER.
And also, some of the lyrics kind of go with his current rampant hair-dyeing, go-with-the-flow attitude, right? Like, "I'm just living life/And let my momma tell me yeah I ain't living right..." It totally fits.
As if this -- and all those agony-inducing tour pics of 1D minus 1 - weren't confirmation enough that Zayn is not going to be coming back to re-make it a fivesome, USA Today has gotten official word that despite some weird activity on the band's website and a valiant hashtag effort by fans, "Zayn is not returning to the band."