It doesn’t take a lot to upset One Direction’s legions of fans , but Zayn Malik’s appearance (or lack of) in their new video has done just that.
The heart-throb has a total of 11 SECONDS of solo airtime in the three minute 21 second long video for Midnight Memories – as opposed to Louis Tomlinson, who has more than double that amount.
As anticipated, the legions of Directioners have had their say.
Typing entirely in capital letters, one fan said: “ZAYN DOESN’T HAVE A SOLO, THUS HE DOESN’T HAVE AS MUCH SCREEN TIME AS THE OTHER BOYS. I CALL THIS UNFAIR AND UTTERLY RIDICULOUS.”
Other calmer, more collected fans explained their angst with: “Zayn had about 10 seconds of screen time for mm music video, I’m not happy.”
And one put: “As usual Zayn got the least amount of screen time and I’m not pleased.”
Another was more succinct writing: “Zayn got, like, zero screen time, like, wtf?”
A source close to the band said: “The rest of the boys sing solos in the track, so obviously they feature on their own in the video a bit more.
“But it’s weird that in a lot of the group shots, like on the police boat, Zayn’s back is turned.
“Otherwise, he’s almost always lurking out of shot, except when all five of the boys are on screen.
“It reflects how quiet he always is in interviews with the others, too.”
Zayn, 21, did get a lot of the action in their last video, for Best Song Ever, where he dressed up as a secretary.
But fans have been quick to point out that Louis seems to have most screen time in the vid.
And I calculate that he is on screen solo for about 28 seconds, and is
otherwise at the forefront of group shots, leading the rest of the boys along a pier and out of a kebab shop.
Harry Styles clocks up 32 seconds of either solo screen time, or footage of him with just one other bandmate, while Niall Horan enjoys about 22, thanks to him taking a huge bite from a kebab.
Liam Payne gets his share of the limelight ducking over a wall and clocks up almost 20 seconds.
Poor Zayn also has the fewest Twitter followers. Sadface.