ZAYN Malik sparked a fan meltdown when he called off his engagement to Perrie Edwards just weeks ago, and as the Little Mix star struggles to come to terms with the end of her relationship, fans have a fair few theories on where it all went wrong.
And from rumours Zayn needed a fresh start in LA, to shock claims it’s all part of a surprise return to One Direction – there’s a LOT of conspiracy theories out there.
The former One Direction singer ended the pair’s relationship, leaving Perrie “devastated”, a source confirmed at the start of this month.
“She’s been putting on a brave face as Little Mix have had promotion to do, but she’s obviously devastated,” a source told People magazine.
“Perrie’s being supported by her bandmates,” the source added, “but she’s really in pieces about this.”
Now we look at the possible reasons behind the split:
While Perrie and Zayn enjoyed a long engagement, there’s no escaping the classic wedding jitters – but could the nerves have got too much?
As rumours began doing the rounds on Twitter, one fan wrote: “Here’s the reason for why perrie and zayn breakedup, zayn doesn’t want wedding with perrie , omg I can’t believe that’s the reason oh !”
Another even claimed: “Perrie was the only one who wanted a wedding â€¦ zayn and his family said they had no plans.”
Did it all get too much?
Past cheating claims
The pair have been dogged by cheating claims, but Zayn has always outright denied them.
However, some fans believe the pressure of the rumour mill may have taken its toll.
Zayn was claimed to have cheated with blonde beauty Lauren Richardson earlier this year in Thailand, after they were snapped cuddled up together.
But both Zayn and Lauren denied anything happened, and Perrie stuck by her man’s side throughout.
Of course, being one of the most popular singers in the industry, it’s not the only time Zayn has been hit with cheating claims – did it all get too much for Perrie to handle?
Zayn’s ‘descent into unpopularity’ worries fans
Just five months ago Zayn Malik was one fifth of the worldâ€™s most popular boyband.
Fast forward to now and the 22-year-old is living alone in LA â€“ no longer a member of One Direction , no longer engaged and no longer one of the best loved boys in the world â€“ so, what happened?
Some fans have raised the question – did his exit from One Direction spark a descent to unpopularity? And could it have caused the split?
As one fan wrote: “Zayn dropped one direction, naughty boy, and now Perrie Edwards. This boy has no chill #ZAYNHASNOCHILL #ZerrieIsOver.”
Does Zayn want a new start in LA?
It’s been all change for Zayn Malik recently, first he quits One Direction – then he calls off his engagement to Perrie Edwards – and now he appears to be upping sticks and moving to LA.
The star recently rented a stunning Bel Air pad in La La Land, but if his Twitter account is anything to go by – the move could be more permanent.
While his location has always been ‘England’, eagle-eyed fans noticed he’d changed it to LA recently.
Was his split ahead of a brand new start in La La Land?
One fan wrote: “Zayn moved to LA. Whoa…new start,new life away from Perrie.”
Too much too soon, after Zayn claimed he ‘wanted a normal life’
Zayn publicly admitted he wanted a “normal” life away from the cameras after leaving One Direction – so did his high profile engagement and upcoming wedding prove too much?
A source close to the singer told Us Weekly after the split: “He just wanted to move on and start over in all ways.”
And it comes after he told a pal after leaving 1D: â€œIâ€™ve made my decision, and Iâ€™m at peace with it. I donâ€™t want to live a life where everything I do is put on the internet and dissected.
“I donâ€™t want to be photographed every second. I want to disappear for a while. I want to live a normal life. Iâ€™m going to be happier.
He added: â€œThereâ€™s no bad blood between me and the boys, though – itâ€™s nothing to do with them and I wish them all the best.â€
Does Zayn want a relationship away from the limelight?
Of course, with a new life out of the limelight, comes the question – did Zayn want a relationship out the limelight as well?
Zayn and Perrie met as they both starred on the X Factor in different years – and pretty much every stage of their relationship has been documented for the world to see ever since. – Mirror