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Zayn Malik “Forced” To Do Duet With Taylor Swift?

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Taylor Swift Zayn Malik Collaboration

By Shari Weiss |

Taylor Swift Zayn Malik Collaboration

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Was Zayn Malik “forced” to duet with Taylor Swift? That’s the claim coming from an unreliable webloid. Gossip Cop looked into the allegation, and can reveal what we know.

As Gossip Cop has reported, Malik and Swift collaborated on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a song for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. It was released as a digital download in early December. Now nearly six months later, RadarOnline is blaring in a headline, “Sour Note! Zayn Forced Into Disastrous Duet With Taylor.”

The accompanying article contends Malik was “forced to collaborate” with Swift. A so-called “source” is quoted as saying the former One Direction member was “desperate to record” the song solo as he “wanted it for himself” in hopes of a “real career boost.” The site’s supposed snitch, however, asserts “movie bosses said it had to be a collaboration and wanted him to work with Taylor.”

The outlet goes on to claim Malik only “relented” because Swift is “one of the biggest pop star[s] on the planet — and she happens to be best friends with his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.” And, as proof of purported bad blood between the two singers, the publication’s alleged tipster points out, “They didn’t even appear in scenes together for the video.”

But not only is it suspicious that these allegations are only randomly surfacing months after the song came out, but the story is both misleading and inaccurate. Most importantly, this article fails to mention that Swift co-wrote the track. Malik has even explained in interviews that he shared the demo with Swift and asked her to join the official recording. She agreed to come on board as both a writer and vocalist, helping to craft the song into its finished version.

The origins of her participation had nothing to do with “movie bosses,” and the notion that Malik was “forced” to work with her contradicts what is on record from the various parties involves. Furthermore, while this piece tries to make hay of Swift and Malik not sharing scenes in the music video, they were in fact on set together. Gossip Cop even posted a behind-the-scenes video, with the footage showing the pair hanging out and goofing off together as they shot the clip. (See screengrab above.)

So the evidence that RadarOnline has presented clearly does not hold up under examination. And there’s one more clearly false claim. While the weblod’s “source” maintains Swift and Malik’s collaboration “wasn’t massively well received by Taylor or Zayn’s hard-core fan base,” it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40. That’s pretty darn good. But the site wants readers to believe it was a “disastrous” duet? Please.

 


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