When a video leaked of Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking what looks like a joint on May 27, Directioners were completely distraught. After keeping a super-low profile since the video’s release, Zayn thanked Directioners for their support at 1D’s Wembley Stadium show on June 6.
The controversy began when a shocking video of Louis Tomlinson, 22, and Zayn Malik, 21, lighting a roll-up cigarette and making jokes about “joints” and “illegal substances” went viral on May 27. While One Direction fans searched for answers, the band’s rep made a simple statement to HollywoodLife.com: “The matter is in the hands of our lawyers.” Louis and Zayn — and their acknowledgements and apologies — were nowhere to be found.
Zayn Malik Thanks Fans “For Everything” After Scandal
At the group’s Wembley Stadium show on June 6 (one of three sold out shows the band will play at Wembley on the Where We Are World tour), Zayn opened up to fans about his deep appreciation, according to Mail Online. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for us from The X Factor until now,” Zayn told the cheering crowd. “You’re the best fans in the world.” Aww — that’s sweet!
Directioners were deeply hurt by the alleged joint smoking video of their idols, so we think Zayn’s heartfelt message to fans was very kind — and pretty necessary. The only band member to directly address the scandal is Liam Payne, who tweeted on May 31: “I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways I apologise for that. We are only in our 20′s we all do stupid things at this age.”
It’s true: Everyone makes mistakes when they’re young — and everyone messes up sometimes. And when you’re famous, your “oops” moments become worldwide gossip.
Harry Styles Dissed Bandmates For ‘Joint’ Video
One person who was extremely unhappy with Zayn and Louis’ video? Their bandmate Harry Styles. ”Harry is annoyed about the whole debacle,” a source told The Sun, according to Mail Online. The report also states that Harry thought the video was “stupid and reckless.” Yikes! Since the scandal, the group has come together for their world tour — and they seem happier than ever.
What do YOU think about Zayn’s “thank you” to fans, HollywoodLifers? Do you think that’s his way of apologizing for the scandal?
— Megan Ross