The 25-year-old dropped a new track called "Good Years" Thursday morning (December 6) — and Directioners believe the lyrics are about his broken brotherhood with former bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan.
ZAYN opens the piano confessional with lyrics alluding to a somber place, "I'd rather be anywhere/ Anywhere but here," he belts in the chorus, praying "I didn't waste all my good years," likely during his time in the band.
More lyrics suggest the boys quarreled behind the scenes and appear to hint at Zayn's overall unhappiness during his tenure with the group, as multiple fans pointed out on Twitter.
Listen to "Good Years" and see what fans are saying about it on social media, below.
Albeit speculative, the Directioners' theory isn't so uncanny. After all, Z said it himself that he made no friends when he disbanded from 1D in March 2015.
Last month, when asked by British Vogue whether he's kept in touch with the boys, he replied, "Nah. I ain't spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That's just the way it is. There's things that happen and things that were said after I left... Snide things. … Small things that I would never have expected."
What's more, though, is some fans thought Tomlinson shaded the "Rainberry" star over his new song, per a recent tweet he posted hours after it dropped which read, "Proper confused. What a hypocrite!" Though, it's just as likely the tweet was taken out of context, as the "Back to You" crooner could have been referring to X Factor contestant Armstrong Martins thanking every judge on the show besides him on Instagram. (Who knows? You decide!)
Even so, ZAYN seems to have found peace with the situation on his long-awaited second studio album, Icarus Falls, due out December 14.
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