Here’s How Differently Zayn And Perrie Are Handling Their Break-Up

Earlier this month, the world’s most perfect pop star couple, Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards, split up.

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Reports suggested that Zayn called off his two-year engagement to Perrie and ended their four-year relationship over text message.

Immediately the narrative painted Zayn as the instigator and Perrie as the heartbroken victim.

It was also suggested that every move Perrie made was to show Zayn “what he’s missing”.

But in actual fact, Perrie has spoken publicly about the split just twice. And both times she’s told the world she’s “good, thank you”.
The first time was during an interview with E! just days after the split was announced.

When asked how she was doing, Perrie responded simply, “I’m good, thank you”, before her Little Mix bandmates jumped in to say they didn’t want to talk about Zayn, and instead wanted to focus on the promotion of their single.

The second time was during an appearance on The Late Late Show last night.

When asked how she was coping, Perrie said: “You know what? I’m good. We’re having an absolute blast in America. Things are going so well and I just wake up every day and I thank my lucky stars I have these three girls. [They’ve got me through this] 100%.”

The only other public act Perrie has made is to delete all reference to Zayn from her Instagram account. Which, frankly, is a pretty good way to move on after a break-up.
In short: Little Mix have always been about girl power, and Perrie’s public comments since this break-up fit with that.

Zayn’s reaction to the break-up, however, has been very different.
First off, there was the fact that he faved this tweet from Kylie Jenner.

Kylie Jenner
@KylieJenner

Outfit ????

11:35 PM – 30 Jul 2015
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At the time he had only faved 10 tweets ever. And it was also apparent that he faved it within a week of him and Perrie breaking up.

He has since unfaved the tweet.

Then there was this ~cryptic~ tweet which he posted after Perrie’s first TV appearance and an interview given by an ex-girlfriend who used a few choice expletives about him.

zayn
@zaynmalik

You just can’t do enough for some people , I guess

10:05 PM – 05 Aug 2015
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Whether the tweet was aimed at Perrie or his other ex-girlfriend is unclear, but either way he clearly felt a bit ganged up on. ????

Then came a series of tweets which seemed to be an attempt to show the world how happy he is.

zayn
@zaynmalik

Hahah ????

10:34 AM – 13 Aug 2015
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zayn
@zaynmalik

I realise it’s 2pm … That bed was good … ????

11:12 PM – 12 Aug 2015
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zayn
@zaynmalik

Got something exciting coming soon :)!????????

11:12 PM – 05 Aug 2015
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He then attended Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday party, and chose to tweet this the following day.

zayn
@zaynmalik

Been an amazing day today ! Love LA love the weather, love all of you life is good ????

12:44 AM – 10 Aug 2015
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He went on to fave this image of a heavily tattooed blonde girl.

The Ink
@ThelnkLife

Love this ????

03:19 AM – 05 Aug 2015
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But over the last couple of days, his Twitter activity has got more intense.
On Saturday he retweeted this tweet which pitted Little Mix and Fifth Harmony against each other. And the retweet made it clear he was siding with the latter.

Shady Music Facts
@musicnews_shade

Which is the better single?
Retweet – ‘Worth It’ by Fifth Harmony.
Favorite – ‘Black Magic’ by Little Mix.

03:11 PM – 14 Aug 2015
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And people were quick to call him out.

Molly Knight
@molly_knight

@musicnews_shade @zaynmalik come on Zayn you were engaged to this woman. This is pretty shitty.

07:37 AM – 16 Aug 2015
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caitlyn
@SUICIIDESEASON

@musicnews_shade @zaynmalik so much for being ‘in love’ with perrie, very childish

12:29 PM – 16 Aug 2015
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caitlyn
@SUICIIDESEASON

@niazjmftljp by retweeting that, its clearly childish, when u grow up u realise how things actually are

02:35 PM – 16 Aug 2015
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shan
@horanshan

@musicnews_shade @zaynmalik this is such a twatty move why the fuck would you even do it? Absolutely pathetic

09:06 AM – 16 Aug 2015
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But the drama didn’t stop there. On Saturday night Little Mix joined Taylor Swift on stage for the latest date of her 1989 World Tour.

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And, last night, Zayn decided to retweet this, which compared two quotes about the music industry – one from Miley Cyrus and one from Taylor Swift.

モ ソ
@MileysKoi

the difference is astounding

10:18 PM – 12 Aug 2015
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And it’s pretty clear that Zayn retweeting the quotes (left Taylor, right Miley) showed that he sided with Miley Cyrus over Taylor Swift, which many people took as another dig at Perrie.

lauren
@stylesobsessed

perrie: on stage performing with taylor swift
zayn: sitting on couch on twitter shading taylor swift and perrie
logic

07:06 PM – 17 Aug 2015
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melanie
@kIosskarIie

Zayn is so jealous Perrie shared a stage with Taylor lmaoooo

06:38 PM – 17 Aug 2015
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@LLCMts

Im pretty sure zayn dissed taylor cause she invited perrie on stage

08:49 AM – 18 Aug 2015
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And people are now calling for everyone to stop ???? portraying ???? Perrie ???? as ???? the ???? victim, because she seems to be the one moving on.

soph
@jaureguithirls_

so while little mix are performing with Taylor swift, zayn is sitting on his phone rting shady music facts..perrie must be devastated

10:27 AM – 16 Aug 2015
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Applehead
@oneofthosefaces

yet the narrative will still be Poor Perrie or EVERYTHING PERRIE DOES IS ABOUT SHOWING ZAYN WHAT HE’S MISSING

06:37 PM – 17 Aug 2015
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Applehead
@oneofthosefaces

even tho all signs point to Zayn being the one who won’t move the fuck on

06:38 PM – 17 Aug 2015
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Zayn does seem to be spending more time in the studio, though, which is probably a good way to channel all his emotions.

zayn
@zaynmalik

Vegas ! Baby ! Studio time 24 7

04:42 AM – 16 Aug 2015
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And, tbh, we just hope Zayn is alright – break-ups suck no matter who you are, and hopefully it won’t be long before both of them are back to their usual amazing selves, even if they’re not together.

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