One Direction has cancelled their first show in five years! The announcement confused fans everywhere, especially since the group seemed to act like it was business as usual, releasing a new music video just hours after the cancellation.
The strange series of events started earlier today, when their publicist took to Twitter to announce that the boys would not be performing in Belfast, Northern Ireland, because Liam Payne had suddenly taken ill.
The statement read, “fans have been asked to hold on to their tickets and there will be a further statement tomorrow. The band apologize to their fans and wish Liam well as soon as possible.”
Unfortunately One Direction have had to cancel tonight’s concert in Belfast. Liam has been taken suddenly (cont) https://t.co/oMtSdxlRrL
— Simon Jones (@simonjonespr) October 20, 2015
Harry wrote, “Deepest apologies to everyone at the show tonight in Belfast. Very disappointed, but unfortunately these things happen. We’re very sorry. H”
But, considering that the band has never cancelled due to illness (or injury), fans quickly started showing their concern on social media:
— ??is (@tweet_llisme) October 21, 2015
— One Direction (@1DsUniverse) October 20, 2015
Then, just hours after the announcement came the release of the music video release of the band’s latest single, “Perfect.” For some fans, it was a small, but nice, distraction from the cancellation drama. However, the song, believed to be about Harry’s famous ex, Taylor Swift, has some controversy of its own. The lyrics, (“And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out / And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / Baby, I’m perfect / Baby, we’re perfect”) as well as the melody seem to be a direct response to Taylor’s hit song, “Style.” (SO SUBTLE YOU TWO LOVEBIRDS).
The video, filmed in NYC’s InterContinental Hotel, is seemingly free of any Taylor references, with the four guys just “causing trouble in hotel rooms.” But towards the end, Harry seems to travel to an ethereal, very familiar wall. We’re not saying the scene was ripped directly from Swift’s video… But we kind of are.
Watch the video below: