The life of an international music superstar isn’t all fancy parties, private jets and luxury houses, oh no, here are downsides to being mega famous too, including the constant hounding by paparazzi who are desperately thirsty for salacious pics.
Over the years, though, stars have become increasingly creative in coming up with ways to avoid clashes with photographers. And last year it was even rumoured that Look What You Made Me Do singer Taylor Swift had instructed her personal security team to carry her out of her New York apartment in a big black suitcase to evade the paps.
This rumour is, of course, ridiculous, there aren’t even any air holes in that suitcase. And yet, despite it still being undoubtedly ridiculous apparently it’s…true?
At least according to her I Don’t Want To Live Forever singing partner Zayn Malik. The retired One Directioner sat down for a chat with Vogue for their December issue where he appeared to confirm the wild theory:
““She was travelling around in a suitcase,” he says, eyes agog, of his pal Taylor Swift’s ability to avoid the paparazzi.”
Yup, that’s right. We’re all apparently so desperate to catch a glimpse of Taylor getting into a car in her comfy clothes that she’s been forced to be shipped around in an actual suitcase. An airless one at that.
Weirdly, Swifty isn’t the first songstress to employ this particular transport trick. During her latest world tour, it was revealed that multi-award winner Adele hid inside a large black trunk with wheels to get into her starting position when she performs in the middle of huge arenas which do not have tunnels underneath to avoid getting mobbed by fans.
And to make her life easier, she was reportedly given an iPad to keep her entertained during the undercover journey although it’s hard to believe that she’d really be going far enough for her to get through any more than at most two levels on Candy Crush before she has to belt out some bangers.
Back to Zayn, however, the 25-year-old confirmed the news that’ll crush the hearts of tweens around the world: he hasn’t spoken to his former band mates in years and the chances of a reunion look slim to none.
Does he see any of the band still? “Nah. I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left…” he pauses. “Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.” It was no secret that even when touring together, Zayn and Harry Styles had as little to do with one another as possible, and though he was pally enough with the rest of the boys, they are no longer in touch. The love lost is minimal. “That’s just the way it is. People move on, people grow apart, people grow up.”
Alexa, play You & I while we weep for a thousand years…