On Saturday night, One Directin’s Facebook and Twitter pages asked for devotees with One Direction tattoos to share photos of them online. As many of their fans are under 18, the legal age in the UK to have a tattoo, there were fears many would want to go under the needle in a bid to be noticed by their idols.
The controversial tweet and Facebook status were removed on Sunday. The band’s spokesperson Simon Jones told Daily Mail: ‘This tweet was posted in error and has now been removed. We do not want to encourage any of their fans to get 1D tattoos.’ On Saturday, they tweeted 10.4million followers: ‘Have a real #1D tattoo? Show us! Submit a 90 sec YouTube video to email@example.com and show us why you should be in the @1D3Dmovie.’
One Facebook friend Julia Zwagermen commented: ‘Okay One Direction, I love you guys to pieces I really do, but promoting young girls to get a tattoo?’ One fan Hannah Morgan wrote: ‘I shall now go beg my dad for a tattoo even though I’m only 13 haha.’
Zayn told Sunday Life that he’s not as vain as people say: ‘I get the brunt of the mickey taking when it comes to being vain. I get made out to be the worst member of the group but the truth is we’re in a boy band so you have to be a little vain to keep yourself looking smart.’
Zayn rated his vanity as ‘around a six or a seven. Maybe I look in the mirror a bit too frequently, but that’s because I care what I look like. But I really don’t think I’m massively vain. I am probably around a six or seven vanity-wise.’