November 14, 2016


Perrie & Zayn: What It's Like Stanning for Both in These Difficult Times

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Welcome to the Glory Days, where Little Mix are entering into the new era of their fourth album (out on Friday... woo!) and using former lovers as musical inspiration. With the release of "Shout Out to My Ex" in October, the British singers were making jabs at their exes and coming out on top. And for those who followed the romance of member Perrie Edwards and former One Direction singer Zayn Malik since the beginning, the song came full circle.

Zayn and Perrie (lovingly nicknamed Zerrie) met in 2011 when One Direction performed on the U.K.'s X Factor, the show that Little Mix won that year. Zayn proposed in 2013, and all seemed well. He got a tattoo of Perrie and bought her mom a house. They moved in together and adopted a puppy. But while on tour with 1D in 2015, he was spotted with a mystery girl, causing cheating rumors to fly. He jetted back to Perrie and quit the band. Five months later, Zayn had signed a solo record deal and broke up with Edwards. Two months later he was dating supermodel Gigi Hadid.

Since then, Malik released Mind of Mine, an album flecked with personal recollections of his relationship. So it only makes sense that Edwards gets to tell her side now, right?

That's where fans of both Zayn and Little Mix are torn. Should they be pressured to take a side? Should they support one or the other? Are their favorite singers being petty?

We checked in with four fans to see what life on the internet is like for a Zerrie fan in 2016, long after Zerrie continued to be. Click through the slides to get their stories.


Best Part of Being a Fan of Both: "The best part of being a fan of both is definitely the music. Mind of Mine was on repeat in my car for months, and I know Glory Days will be the same way. I enjoy riding the roller coaster of their careers through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the uglier. It's truly never dull!"

Worst Part of Being a Fan of Both: "For me, the worst part of being a fan is the constant feeling of guilt. I feel guilty for liking both! I love Perrie. I love Zayn. I think it's important for me to acknowledge that Zayn hasn't made the best decisions and he is far from perfect. Perrie is an amazing and strong woman, and I admire her so much. While it's hard to do, I try not to let my personal feelings interfere too much and focus on the music. P.S. Buy Glory Days November 18th!"

—Gabriella (@GabyTheGreat)

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