Zayn Malik isn’t just walking away from his One Direction bandmates; he’s also leaving a multimillion-dollar payday behind.
E! News caught up with Forbes ‘ Zack O’Malley Greenburg to find out exactly what’s financially at stake for the young pop star.
“Last year, we had One Direction [estimated] at $75 million, which put them in our top 10 on our Celebrity 100 list. It is mostly fueled by live shows but also record sales and merchandise sales,” Greenburg shared.
And while the 1D guys “played about 70 shows in the past 12 months,” it seems like that would “definitely put them on track to meet if not exceed that $75 million figure for the next year.”
It’s a difficult week for all the Directioners out there, and it looks like the worst may be yet to come.
Zayn Malik announced via Facebook earlier this morning that he was leaving One Direction , and now E! News has learned that another band member may be leaving soon as well.
Brace yourselves, everyone, but Harry Styles is eyeing a transition from boy-bander to Hollywood darling.
Yep, that’s right, an insider tells us that “Harry has told his friends that the wants to get into acting. He loves Los Angeles.”
And in addition to taking his talents to the big screen, Styles is already working on some new (solo) music projects with several other famous faces in the biz.
One Direction and Zayn Malik are headed in different directions.
Malik announced that he is leaving the group via the boy band’s official Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” he said.
Calling Niall Horan, Liam Payne , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson his “four friends for life,” Malik added, “I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
Horan, Payne, Styles and Tomlinson will continue as a four-piece band and said they will honor their remaining world tour dates. The quartet will also record their fifth album, “due to be released later this year,” without Malik’s involvement.
How dare you, sir? How dare you?!
Or so the Beliebers inquired of Liam Payne after the One Direction lad dared to reply to an insolent question about him and Justin Bieber with a sarcastic remark.
“@Real_Liam_Payne Isnt it kinda depressing for you to know that Justin Bieber will always be more successful than you?” hardcore fan Hailey tweeted at Liam this afternoon, for no particularly good reason. To which Liam replied, “@arianasmccann how many times have I been arrested?”
Oh no he didn’t. 🙊
Louis Tomlinson and his longtime girlfriend Eleanor Calder have broken up, Fine Joe Young confirms. The One Direction singer’s rep says in a statement, “Louis and Eleanor split up two weeks ago. They have not announced this [before] as they wanted some privacy during this time.”
A source tells Gossip Cop the logistics were too difficult for the couple of two years, with Calder in England, and Tomlinson constantly of the road with One Direction. The band is currently in the Philippines, where the Bureau of Immigration made Tomlinson post a nearly $5,000 “weed bond.”
Harry Styles is not bisexual. There seems to be confusion on this point after the One Direction singer recently gave an interview in which he joked about his sexuality. Styles and Liam Payne were answering some Twitter questions from fans when one admirer asked them to give “four favorite traits you look for in a girl.”
Payne replied, “Female.” Styles smiled and gave a laugh, saying, “Not that important.” Apparently, this was enough to spark a flurry of speculation, especially in the British tabloids, reviving an old rumor that Styles is sexually open to both men and women.
The One Direction guys were unexpectedly faced with Justin Bieber questions at Wednesday’s Brit Awards – leading to some awkward moments.
“Listen, let’s talk a little bit about Justin Bieber,” host James Corden said after taking a seat at the boy band’s table.
He first asked, “Who was the first to visit [Bieber] in prison?”
That drew a nervous laugh from Niall Horan .
“Did you tell him what guys do to people who look like him in prison?” continued Corden, who went on to wonder whether anyone had told Bieber to “lay off the bongs.”
That led to more giggles from the band members.
Asked for advice for Bieber, Louis Tomlinson offered, “Keep strong, and keep doing what you’re doing.”
Niall Horan has gone under the knife.
On Friday, the One Direction singer confirmed on Twitter that he had “major knee surgery,” explaining why he’d been recently spotted on crutches.
Horan wrote, “ Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today! Yes I’ve had major knee surgery, a much larger surgery than first anticipated.”
“ But I would like to tell u, it was a complete success! Considering the scale of it! So all I ask of you guys is that you would respect my privacy as I try to recover and get for the where we are tour! ” added the performer.
One Direction is set to begin touring in South America in April before hitting the United States over the summer.
Not the best direction to take. Liam Payne is now apologizing for a scary stunt he pulled over the weekend.
The One Direction member caused an outrage with his fans when he stood on the edge of his London apartment balcony located on the 34th floor.
“You may have seen a photo of me today taken on top of a building. I regret being there and having a photo taken,” the 20-year-old singer tweeted on Tuesday, Jan. 14. “It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do. I am sorry, and do not endorse any fans trying to repeat this, as it is extremely dangerous.”
The pictures were reportedly posted by Payne’s friends, but quickly deleted. In one particular blurry snapshot, the boy bander is seen standing on the ledge, while staring directly into the camera. The Sun reports the sky-high balcony is 360 ft. above the ground. Hours before addressing the incident, Payne expressed his frustration for his lack of privacy. “I know my friends have tweeted a lot of pictures of my house the past few days but can people please stop coming and waiting outside. I’d just like to be able to walk outside as everyone does and enjoy time with my friends, not feel bad for not wanting to take a picture.”
He continued: “Sorry if I’ve been rude to anyone but I’ve come to realise if I take one picture more people keep coming everyday xxx hope everyone’s good.”
Jennifer Lawrence , Miley Cyrus, and LeBron James are featured in Forbes’ 2014 “30 Under 30″ list.
Along with other big names like Anna Kendrick , Olivia Wilde, and Kendrick Lamar , the publication says they are among the “brightest stars” who are “changing the world.”
Justin Bieber , One Direction, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry , Rebel Wilson , and Taylor Swift are among the returning faces, along with newbies like Lorde and Quvenzhané Wallis .