Price Of Fame

You’ve probably heard the news… Zayn Malik has left the boyband, One Direction.
Cue the screaming, ugly crying teenage girls cutting themselves over his departure.

The 22 year old has been in the band since its inception. His reason for leaving? “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”

Zayn says he wants to live a normal life… True the media has not been kind to him but honestly he has made some stupid decisions – holding hands with a random chick who is not your fiancee…can you see how this will cause twitter chaos? Lighting up a joint? Yes 99.9% of 22 years olds do the very same thing. They make stupid mistakes – we all do. The only difference is Zayn chose this life of fame. You went to the audition on the fateful day which culminated in one of the biggest bands the world has seen. Is your privacy the price to pay for untold millions and world recognition? Is that price too high?

Once he’s rested, cause lets face it…he won’t have anything close to a normal life, and the money’s run out – what then?

I watched the One Direction documentary “This is us” the other day. And the first thought was Zayne is a “tortured soul” – not unlike the Kurt Cobain of the world. Talented, creative yet a loner, trying to find himself..drinking, drugs, promiscuity (well, unconfirmed) but desecrated daily by media trolls. This sounds harsh, but I won’t be surprised if he joins the 27 club.

Looking back, a “rebellious” almost invincible attitude is common among stars who became very big, very fast at a young age with more money than sense and millions of teens throwing themselves at you. Bieber went through it, Britney had her meltdown in 2007. They make stupid decisions, trying to be adults…experimenting with drugs, sleeping around, shaving off their hair, attacking people with eggs or umbrellas.

Do we blame ourselves, consumers? For our insatiable voyeurism and social media addiction which fuels the tabloids, gossip sites, paparazzi and internet trolls. A tweet can be seen from a fan to her idol…in a few characters. Fans inflate stars to an extent where they are almost detached from reality. In my day (flip, I sound old!) Facebook/Twitter/Instagram did not exist…

Or is there a deeper problem? Kids – People – not psychologically mature enough to handle the stress and pressures fame throws you? That the only option is to self-implode?
I’m really curious… Who will fall next?

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