Taylor Swift performing on stage

Zayn Malik is making real sense after wading in on the recent criticism of Taylor Swift

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you've probably seen Taylor Swift hanging around in the limelight again - and not always for good reasons. The former country singer (and current wannabe badass) drew in a lot of media attention recently after releasing her new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do'.

Aside from the criticism of the new album's dodgy graphic design, and the constant parodying of "I'm sorry. The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!", T-Swift's new release is also causing waves because of its allusions to Kim K and Kanye. The trio have a famously rocky relationship, dating all the way back to 2009 when Kanye famously interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Awards.

Taylor Swift performing on stage Credit: Getty

Eight years later, and there's evidently still some 'bad blood' between them. Fans noticed that some of the lyrics from LWYMMD are pretty much a spot-on representation of Swift's feelings towards Kimye: "I don't like your little games / Don't like your tilted stage / The role you made me play / Of the fool / No, I don't like you".

And when the video dropped, the conspiracy theories exploded. Many people took to Twitter to debate whether the scene in the bathtub is a deliberate parallel to Kim's horrific robbery ordeal.

Understandably, after all this, Swift has received a lot of negative criticism from Kimye fans. And graphic designers. And pretty much anyone who sees the pop star's latest track as a weak attempt to stay relevant.

But is it fair to attack her like this? If only there was someone out there to provide another perspective on this argument - preferably somebody who really understands the ins and outs of being a young musician at the centre of attention.

Step up to the podium, Zayn Malik.

Despite being a relatively private person, Malik was quite open about his opinions on the matter in an interview with The Fader:

"When it comes to anything that has to do with trivia about people's personal lives or things that's going on in their careers, I don't necessarily pay too much attention. I don't pay too much attention to what people even say about me. I just tend to take it for what it is when I meet them people in real life and have a conversation with them. If they're cool with me, then I base my relationship on that."

The ex-One Direction member also divulged that he has been in a similar position to Swift in the past, but that he doesn't pay attention to negative criticism about himself or others:

"In terms of relating to it, of course I relate to things being written about us all the time. But I don't listen to it. I rate her as an artist, I think she's cool, I think she's successful, and I think she deserves her success because she's worked hard. That's just how I look at it. I did a song with her, it was fun, she was professional. She gets on with my girlfriend, they're good friends. I don't have a bad word to say about her. She's cool."

That seems like a pretty good attitude to have, if you ask me. Yes, Tay Tay has her flaws - but don't we all? As Malik says, "she's worked hard" and, if nothing else, you've got to respect that.