Zayn Malik fans hit out at star for controversial song

Zayn Malik fans have hit out at the former One Direction star after he worked on a song that uses a slang term some have interpreted to refer to rape.

The singer has collaborated with controversial rapper MIA, who says on the track: "I rape that button just to play this song."

The lyric refers to repeatedly pressing the replay button on YouTube to listen to a song multiple times.

But music fans were unimpressed with the use of the word rape and hit out at the pair online.

One person tweeted: "Why would Zayn agree to collaborate on a song where the word rape is used?"

Another added: "M.I.A used the word rape and I’m disgusted Zayn agreed to collaborate on that song. It’s trash anyway. Get him out!"

Zayn, who is apparently set to be featured on another band's album, is yet to comment on the response himself, although he did not sing the word, but he did tweet that he was "honoured" to have been invited to work on the song with MIA.

The rapper previously said she was a fan of Zayn and thought he was the ideal person to sing on the track after she wrote the song.

She said: "He’s from Bradford. I always thought that was cool. I made this song a long time ago, and it was always a bit too mainstream sounding for me.

"If I was going to have a collaboration and have someone like Zayn, this is perfect. It takes me out of my comfort zone and kinda takes him out a little bit as well."

However, they did not actually meet up in the studio to record there parts, with MIA explaining that they recorded separately, adding: "It was a virtual situation."

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