Is Little Mix's "Shoutout To My Ex" About Zayn Malik? The Allusions Are Very Clear
Little Mix has a new song out, and, boy, is it a good one. I mean, all of their songs are good, but listening to this new single will make you immediately ask, well, is Little Mix's "Shoutout To My Ex" about Zayn Malik? Sometimes it can be a little hard to tell in songs like this, because the references are veiled or subtle, but great news. We don't have that problem with this song. At all. Or I guess I should clarify. It's great news for us, because Little Mix basically couldn't be any more clear about the Zayn Malik references in "Shoutout To My Ex."
The person it's not great news for is Malik himself, who gets his spot blown up and some serious shade blown his way starting from the very first verse. Each member of Little Mix gets her own verse, and unfortunately for Malik, his ex-fiancée Perrie Edwards starts things off, singing:
This is a shout out to my exHeard he in love with some other chickYeah yeah, that hurt me, I'll admitForget that boy, I'm over it
Edwards hasn't said anything too pointed yet, other than setting up exactly who she's talking about; Malik is her only notable ex, and he has indeed moved on to someone else: Gigi Hadid.
But, if the rest of Edwards' verse is any indication, she's worried that Hadid might not be, um... entirely satisfied.
I hope she gettin’ better sexHope she ain't fakin’ it like I did, babe
Insert wide eyes emoji. Obviously, there are only two people on the planet who know the full and honest details of Edwards and Malik's sex life, but these are some strong words from Edwards, and saying that they don't paint Malik in a flattering light is maybe the understatement of the century. Just in case you needed one more piece of evidence that he's the ex-boyfriend being referenced here, Edwards drops one more Malik hint in the final portion of her verse:
Took four long years to call it quitsForget that boy, I'm over it
Welp, Edwards and Malik were together from right around December 2011 to August 2015, which comes out to "four long years" right on the dot.
Shots have definitely been fired at the former One Direction member, and Edwards is making so many claims that I wouldn't be surprised if Malik shoots something back. I won't say I'm strictly hoping for it, because it's no fun for anyone when a breakup turns acrimonious. However, the morbidly curious part of my brain has always wondered why Edwards and Malik broke up, so "Shoutout To My Ex" feels like it was written specifically for nosy old me. These lyrics are rough, and, at the end of the day, they can really only be about one person. They're likely more exaggerated for the purposes of entertainment than strictly accurate, but ouch.