OMG, drama! The publicity team behind British boy band One Direction is banning interviewers from asking certain questions of the hunks — a definite no-no in the world of serious boy band journalism.
Canadian DJ Scott Rush had scheduled a ten-minute interview with Zayn Malik, but just before the publicist connected them, she gave him a list of questions that the One Direction boys will no longer be answering.
1. Who is your celebrity crush?
2. Which of you have girlfriends?
3. Who came up with the name One Direction?
4. Anything “X Factor”-related
5. Worst habits about each other
6. Do you guys fight?
7. Best prank someone pulled on you
8. Describe each other in one word
9. Funniest fan stories
10. If not in the band, what would you be doing?
11. Pre-show rituals
12. No questions about money or religion
Seriously? No questions about “The X Factor,” the show that launched the band?
Flustered (and understandably a little peeved), Rush then got on the phone with Malik. “Well, Zayn, I want to talk to you about — well, I can’t do that,” he says, audibly shuffling papers near his microphone. After a pause, he gives up. “Well, that’s about going to do it. Thank you for taking the time for us today. Continued success in the future!”
“Thank you. Bye!” replies Malik. The “interview” lasted less than 30 seconds.
“I have never in my career experienced anything remotely close to this,” Rush tells Gawker. “Zayn is apparently dating a girl named Perrie from a girl-band in England. If I had been told not to ask about her because he’s uncomfortable talking about it, that would have been fine. They took it a mile further, which is why we did what we did. I could have done a full interview with Zayn and not touched on any of the banned subjects-I was certainly prepared-but come on. Sometimes you just have to say enough is enough.”
The audio of the interview is below.
The band has since released this statement: Regarding the recent story about One Direction ‘banning questions’ -this is a complete misunderstanding. One Direction asked if certain recurring questions could be avoided in future interviews as the band were giving the same answers continually. They knew, via feedback, that the fans were requesting a wider range of subject matter in interviews. Questions relating to describing each band member, or referencing The X Factor, are certainly not out of bounds. A suggestion was merely made to try and make interviews more interesting for the fans, which has been misconstrued and misunderstood.