One Direction 2012: Is Zayn Malik the least popular 1D member and do most people prefer Niall Horan & Harry Styles?

Zayn Malik may be quite the hunk and have even bagged himself a celebrity girlfriend, but if his amount of Twitter followers are anything to go by, the singer is the least popular member of his band One Direction.

Many fans are quick to point out that the handsome performer – who is currently dating and apparently in love with Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards – has the smallest online following and so the least public support.

Malik currently has 4,276,898 followers on Twitter, which seems like a pretty decent number to us, however he is trailing behind his bandmate harry Styles who has the most followers with 5,224,570.

Niall Horan has a whopping 4,799,276, Liam Payne is in third place with 4,502,944 and Louis Tomlinson comes in fourth with 4,462,956 followers.

It was also recently reported that Niall is the most popular 1D member amongst their American fanbase, with a source close to the boys saying:

“All the boys are popular, but the girls in the U.S. seem to be absolutely obsessed with Niall.”

However, we think there is a better explanation for these numbers than saying Zayn is unpopular among fans.

The fact is that generally, Zayn and Louis tweet less than their bandmates. Harry and Niall are much more active on the microblogging website, often posting pictures and videos of themselves, as well as interacting both with their friends and with fans online.

Zayn seems much more reserved, both in real life and online and we think this is the reason that he has the smallest Twitter following.

It doesn’t make him a reject though. If anything we think it makes him seem a little more mysterious and who doesn’t love a tall, dark, mysterious man?

Do you think Zayn is the least popular 1D member, while Harry rules the roost? Leave your comments below…

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Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!