Zayn Malik may be regretting that #realmusic hashtag as he announces solo deal
Zayn Malik has unsurprisingly faced a little backlash following the announcement of his solo deal with RCA.
The 22-year-old former One Direction singer revealed the news on his Twitter account last night, saying "I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am. #realmusic #RCA"
The #realmusic hashtag, however, has caused some consternation for some One Direction fans, who interpreted it as a slight against his former bandmates.
One summed it up by saying, "ZAYN THREW SO MUCH SHADE. IM CRYINH. realmusic?? more like realasshole" while another tweeted, "seriously zayn can do whatever he likes but he has no right calling it 'real music' like wtf was that? Fake music?! #realmusic what a joke".
However, many fans declared they were just happy to see Zayn happy, although some are still hoping for a Zayn/1D reunion and others bemoaned the fact they'd be more out of pocket having to purchase tickets, music, and merchandise from both camps going forward.
Zayn chose to re-tweet messages of support from fans, including those outlining he didn't mean to throw any shade...
"You are stupid, Real music meaning real to him. Real because he has written and recorded it solely to what he likes. Real to himself like lol" was one of the comments he chose to retweet.
The singer, who quit the boyband earlier this year saying he wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old", posted an image with his tweet in which he is pictured smiling whilst signing documents in front of RCA Records's logo.
He later tweeted, "REALME".
When Zayn left it was thought he had quit as he was stuggling to cope with the pressures of his global fame. At the time, he said he quit the band as he wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old".
His former bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Mullingar man Niall Horan have continued as a four piece but speculation continues to mount about the future of the band.
There was some speculation that Zayn had recorded some solo material prior to his departure, which was never confirmed nor denied by Zayn.
However, tonight's news puts nobody in any doubt why Zayn really left - to pursue his own career ambitions.
The label has some of the world's biggest stars in its stable including Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Shakira, Usher and Van Morrison.
It is not clear when we can expect to hear some of Zayn's solo material.