Zayn’s New Song “Good Years” Might Be About One Direction
We are so ready for Zayn Malik‘s album release next week. Before Icarus Falls comes out on December 14, Zayn dropped a ballad this morning called “Good Years” that fans are convinced references his time in One Direction.
Only one month ago, Zayn’s British Vogue interview put his former bandmates on blast for snide comments after his departure and described his broken relationship with the boys in the band.
“Good Years” describes a crumbling relationship torn apart by pride after time in the spotlight.
“The voices screaming loud as hell/ We don’t care about no one else/ Nothing in the world could bring us down,” Zayn croons. “Now we’re so high among the stars without a worry / And neither one of us wants to say ‘I’m sorry.’ ”
#GoodYears is trending on Twitter, and while a majority of the tweets associate the song with Zayn’s rift with the One Direction boys, some also focus on Zayn’s memories of anxiety and depression while touring with the megapopular boyband.
The fact Zayn was really hurting but stayed nonetheless for the fans and to not let anyone down, he put everyone's happiness above his #GoodYears
— Sara ?? (@ZaddyyZayn) December 6, 2018
He was in so so much pain and he STAYED. For their fans, for those four boys..all he wanted was to get away but he still stuck through till he could. All that left him with nothing but insecurities, pain and sadness. I will never get over this… #GoodYears
— Icarus Falls on the 14th (@luco_zain) December 6, 2018
The director of 1D’s documentary This Is Us, Morgan Spurlock commented on Zayn’s discontent in the band to the Huffington Post in 2015.
“I think he was the one who struggled with it the most,” Morgan explained. “He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him, which was something none of them ever predicted, [was hard].”
Zayn didn’t mention One Direction on social media for over three years following his departure, and his comments surrounding the band in the press have caused a fair amount of drama, from his aforementioned British Vogue interview to comments that he wouldn’t listen to One Direction as a twenty-two-year-old man.
While “Good Years” paints a despondent picture, if it really is about the band, this may be the first time that Zayn has extended an olive branch to Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan since 2015.
One person who it seems to think the song’s about the boy band? One D’er Louis Tomlinson. He tweeted this morning right after the “Good Years” lyric video dropped, and it doesn’t look like the father of one is ready to bury the hatchet just yet.
Proper confused. What a hypocrite!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 6, 2018