It kicked off with Zayn retweeting a comparison of Taylor Swift's perspective on Spotify and iTunes vs. Miley Cyrus' commentary about not sweating selling albums because she's already made money.
Zayn was only addressing his situation with the retweet, not throwing shade – he's made enough money with One Direction and he can make the music he wants (you know, #realmusic, lol). Unfortunately Taylor's quote versus Miley's outlook (which is where Zayn's at) were miscommunicated. Zayn could have absolutely done a better job about stating his case – maybe throwing a little love towards the majority of artists who haven't raked in all that money and not taken the defensive and called Calvin a d**khead.
To be honest, it could have been handled 100 percent better, for sure...on both sides.
Calvin definitely pushed Zayn's buttons by making it about Taylor, which it really wasn't, but Zayn could have taken the high road, better explained himself and come out looking a lot less douchey.
Also, it's clear that Louis Tomlinson doesn't have any love for Zayn any more after their Naughty Boy related feud – since Louis totally sided with Calvin on this dispute.
It all just seems so high school, right? Did Calvin totally back pedal after he realized he misunderstood? Did Zayn come off douchier than ever? He could have made his point better – we get it, he doesn't need to rely on album sales as much as other artists, but you know, name calling doesn't help either.
Fans definitely took sides in the whole shakedown, but we think these tweets sum things up pretty well:
Zayn has never cared about the money it's always been his dream to just make music that he's passionate about and I couldn't be prouder— zayn follow amelia (@stayingbyZJM) August 18, 2015
Not one single person has been right today not louis not calvin and not zayn stop acting like any one of them are 100% justified— j (@peterparkerslou) August 17, 2015
i agree w/ calvin but i also agree w/ zayn. i understand that there's upcoming artists who live off that money. so both are right. The end.— 1D Updates (@Swavey1D) August 17, 2015
zayn has the right to retweet whatever he wants. calvin has the right to defend his girlfriend. it's none of /your/ damn business.— hannah (@iziamsdate) August 17, 2015