Zayn Malik’s professional and personal relationships are really taking a hit this year. First he breaks up with his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, and now Variety is reporting that his manager of three years Sarah Stennett has dropped. Sarah didn’t want to stick around long enough to see the release of his second solo album in June. And while she didn’t have anything bad to say about the decision to leave, she subtly implies that the situation might be a little messy.
Sarah, who works for First Access Entertainment, has been with Zayn ever since he decided to go solo from One Direction back in 2015. She confirmed the split to Variety by saying:
“Sometimes in life you have to make extremely difficult decisions to effect positive change for everyone.”
Sarah didn’t get into the dirty details. But anonymous sources were more than happy to spill to Variety. Sources say that Zayn is challenging to work with and that he declined many promotional opportunities for his first solo album, 2016’s Mind of Mine, which he also refused to go on tour for. However, they do note that Zayn is planning to tour for this upcoming album.
Back in 2016, during the brief promotional tour for Mind of Mine, Zayn had to cancel a show in London at the last minute. He later went on social media to admit that it was due to an ongoing struggle with anxiety. So those sources might be referring to the challenge of working with someone dealing with anxiety. Then again, if you’re the type to follow blind items, you might believe anxiety doesn’t exactly factor into the equation.
I think it all depends on what those sources define as challenging. Maybe it has nothing to do with anxiety and everything to do with Zayn being a pop star. Like, when they told Zayn he’d been booked on every late-night talk show couch to promote his new album, did he fire back an incredibly specific green room request? For example, asking for the room to be painted like a ship and filled with delicious butter-basted offerings from Red Lobster. But honestly, what is the point of being famous if you can’t request a themed pre-show lobster meal?