We've heard from Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas and Noel Gallagher (who thinks Zayn is an "idiot," btw)...but how about some old(er) school boybanders? Yes, the guys of New Kids on the Block, who are far from "kids" these days, had their say on Zayn's decision.
Donnie Wahlberg told Yahoo!, "We were fans of One Direction...We're conflicted. It's really heartbreaking when guys leave boy bands. Like when Bobby Brown left New Edition, like when Jon Knight left New Kids, but only to return more triumphant."
Jon Knight left NKOTB but rejoined four years after quitting the group. Donnie joked, "Don't fret, One Direction fans! Zayn may return one day." Joe McIntyre explained, "Look at the possibilities. He could come back, he could not come back!"
And just like that, they got our hopes up, only to dash them again.
The NKOTB guys did have an interesting reminder about perspective though – being in a boyband isn't as much pressure as having real world problems, as Donnie called it "a busy time," adding, "You get tired, you work your butts off, whatever." But, ultimately, it's not the hardest work ever, as he explained, "You're not digging ditches and jacking sidewalks and carrying heavy boxes around."
They also think, as most fans would agree, that One Direction are long overdue for a real break from touring and recording, with Joe saying "those guys are dead tired right now" and Donnie noting "they need a nap."
NKOTB performed last night on the season finale of American Idol with contestant Daniel Seavey. Check it out below.
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