The fandom

Alright, today is March 25, 2015

This is going to be a day that many fans of one direction have tasted the beginning of the end. This is going to be from the
perspective of a fan girl, Me.

“Zayn Malik has quit One Direction”

Go ahead and make fun, or you dumb cheesy jokes about a boy band, but there is a side you don’t know but hopefully this is can help you see how we feel as fan girls. First of all, these boys have made it so far just by starting at the X factor to taking many tours. Lets take this back to a few years in 2010 to where they were brought together. None of the boys had made it as solo artists but were then brought together by Simon Cowell. He knew they had potential and saw a chance to see how far they could go. The 4 lads from the UK and the 1 Irish boy, they had worked their ass’ off to start preparing and working together as a band. That is were they had started building up a fandom, they won girls hearts over with their lovely voices, personality and video diaries. The video diaries had started showing us as fans that they really are normal guys who are just following their dreams, they showed us that it was ok for us to be different and quirky. As the season of the X factor was ending the boys had been eliminated, but in Zayns’ words “This isn’t the last of One Direction” From then on they may have lost the X factor but they had won the world, with their voices. From that point on their lives were no longer private, they were no longer just ordinary boys. They took what they had and made something out of them selves. Fast forward to present day, 2015. The boys are on their 4th tour and making their 5th album. These boys travel allover the world but they can never really see where they are, why? Because they get mobbed, they get their private life invaded, they live out of suitcases going back and forth. They live a stressful life, they have to worry about being watching 24/7. Recently a few pictures of Zayn and Louis have been released of them with girls who aren’t their significant others. They were in a private closed area only to still have their lives invaded. We as fans had no right to send hate to them or anything else for that fact but our support. Zayn had then said he was going back to the UK due to stress, and I had saw a tweet saying that those boys don’t know what stress is. Stress isn’t defined in a life style, nor class or anything else. They live their lives going back and forth, never spending to much time as home with loved ones, and always on the move having everything they do under a microscope. We have no right to say what is and what isn’t, for anyone. That day the fandom went crazy; twitter, facebook and instagram were blowing up, saying that he might leave and what not. Take it back a few months ago One Direction had been in Florida doing a concert and Zayn wasn’t feeling very well so he wasn’t able to make it. That day we all were like “omg, this is how it would be without Zayn, or any of the other members” It was odd seeing them with only 4 boys. Back to today, he had left because things got to crazy, he was the one who had the hardest time dealing with the fame and now that the fandom was freaking out due to those pictures it was a snapping point. There are many things going around but I am not agreeing with anything until they say something from the direct mouths. The fandom right now is freaking out because this could be the last tour they do, I would think they would do one more after this but who knows. People are sitting there telling us how were childish for being upset and for taking it harshly, but who are they to say that we are? This band has helped a lot of fans with so many things, myself included. I can say they helped me realize how I should be treated, they told me I was beautiful when no one else did, they helped me feel important. I cant talk for the other fans but I’m sure they helped them in that way and maybe more. This wasn’t just a boy band to us, they were the 5 boys from the stairs to taking on countries, to making us feel as if we were important. So judge me still after reading this because I am 20, but honestly I could care less. Because it means you haven’t found something like those boys to make us feel important and in which case i hope you do. I hope you find a band, or a book or a animal or even another person to make it feel like things get better.


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