On its first single without recently departed member Zayn Malik — and its first since its five-year anniversary as a group — One Direction romantically alludes to the diehard Directioners and their place in the group’s phenomenal run of success; it’s basically the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” with a slightly less bombastic guitar riff.
The best news for One Direction fans is that the quartet does not sound incomplete: the group compensates for Malik’s absence by giving each member ample time to shine, and the harmonies admirably resonate on the call-and-response portions of the pre-chorus.
Twitter-land is apparently agog today over a short six second Vine that would appear to show One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson “coming out” as he enters an elevator at his hotel this weekend in Australia.
A single, barely audible Vine video has fuelled rumors that Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is gay, and sparked an enormous frenzy of Twitter speculation. In less than 10 hours, fans posted over 285,000 tweets with the new hashtag #ImGayItsPrettyUnfortunate.
Last night a One Direction fan, who calls herself Amber Almighty, posted a Vine video of band member Louis Tomlinson. The shaky audio from this video is nearly impossible to understand. However, Amber claims the singer said “I’m gay, it’s pretty unfortunate,” (which she later slowed down and changed to “I’m gay, it’s pretty important.”) Even though Tomlinson quoshed similar rumors in the past, insisting he is straight, once more Twitter has erupted in delirium over the singer’s sexuality.
Coincidentally, Tomlinson recently changed his Twitter picture to an anonymous egg and supposedly unfollowed One Direction’s management, fueling rumors that his “coming out” caused conflict with the band’s management. Fans on Twitter replied passionately, promising their support and denouncing anyone threatening to “leave the fandom” if Tomlinson’s homosexuality was confirmed.
Here’s the original Vine, followed by another version a user says they “slowed down” to hear more clearly.
In honor of the Super Bowl, Jimmy and the Roots join Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Usher, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, and Christina Aguilera for an a cappella version of “We Are The Champions.”