Zayn Malik has shocked fans by sharing a beautiful rendition of "Night Changes" on his Instagram - a song from One Direction's 2014 album "Four". This comes seven years after Malik left the band to embark on a solo career and made some controversial comments reflecting on his time in the group. His latest social media video marks the second time Malik has sung a nostalgic One Direction tune this year, and it has left fans asking: what does this mean?
Malik has publicly spoken of how he "never really wanted to be . . . in the band", noting that he doesn't really talk to his former bandmates anymore. Yet after years of his solo songs, loyal Directioners have taken these mysterious videos as hints that a reunion is on the horizon.
One fan commented, "ZAYN SINGING YOU & I AND NIGHT CHANGES IN 2022 WHAT THE F*CK," while another joked, "if i had a nickel for every time zayn sang a one direction song in 2022, i'd have two nickels. which isn't a lot but it's weird that it happened twice." One person bluntly asked the question on all of our lips: "What are you telling us?" Despite fans begging for an explanation, the 29-year-old Brit gave no clarification. The surprise performance was posted with no caption around 2am BST, and Malik hasn't replied to any of the comments.
This isn't the first time that Malik, who shares baby Khai with Gigi Hadid, has teased fans with a One Direction song recently. The "Pillow Talk" singer posted a video of him singing his iconic solo from the band's 2013 song "You & I", and his post was immediately full of comments discussing hopes for a reunion, although many have attributed the video to a defiant mic-drop moment. It was posted around the same time ex-bandmate Liam Payne made controversial comments about Malik and his experience of being in the band in an interview with YouTuber Logan Paul. This latest video does feel more organic.
Malik choosing the song "Night Changes" is significant. The song is from the last One Direction album that Malik contributed to; he left the band during their tour about four months later. Is he simply reminiscing over the good old days, or is there a deeper message behind this sudden sentimentality? Could we be seeing Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Payne back together again soon? The jury is still out.