[A/N: This is the longest Ziam masterpost I have ever done. Believe me, I was shocked when it turned out that way. Lots of ground to cover apparently. Anyway, I am in no way pretending that I’m not biased in this post. Duh. Did you see my blog name? So please, if you’re a hardcore Payzer shipper or Danielle defender, leave your arguments to the contrary on your page. Trust me, I’m not going on your tag or to your ask box to defend Ziam. Please have the same respect here. Contrary to what it may seem like, I’m an actual person—who ships the fuck out of Ziam—but real nonetheless.]
So, we cool?
The Payzer and Ziam Timelines
Jebus help me. I’m going there
Let’s do this
June 23, 2010 - 1D Day
Aka the day the band we all know and love
and obsess to the point of insanity over was born.
This is the best day in the fandom. It all goes downhill from here. (Joking but not LOL)
The XFactor starts airing in the UK. The boys get closer. They move along in the competition. They end up losing. We all know that part, right? While filming the boys meet a dancer on the show named Danielle Peazer. She (reportedly) has an interest in Zayn first, but he isn’t interested, so she moves on to Liam. Take that for what you will.
The exact date Danielle and Liam started dating is not known (at least that I could find) but it was sometime around December 2010. At the time, Liam was 17 and Danielle was 22. No judgment there, just pointing out facts.
Nowwww, allow me to take a long jump into the future. I’m going to skip completely over 2011. That year definitely had Ziam moments, which feel more like bromance than romance, imho. Even the Bravo Portugal article in which Zayn confesses that he and Liam have kissed. I tend to think it was probably relatively innocent or at least more of testing the waters, but still probably way way way hot.
Still skipping over 2011, cause there was a lot of mushy Danielle and Liam stuff which I’d just rather… not
Onward and forward
Here’s where we get to the interesting bits
In March we have two completely unrelated events, but both involving Liam and his relationships
First, Zayn has to leave the tour for a death in the family. He’s only gone a couple of days, but Liam apparently loses his way a bit without Zayn there
Two weeks later we get this:
Around the same time, rumors start up that Danielle is cheating on Liam and a furor rises on Twitter. Danielle gets lots of hate mail (which let me categorically state is not cool ever) and Liam defends his gf (sidebar: he’s so fucking loyal). If you go by his public postings, he’s not buying that Danielle has cheated on him. In fact, Danielle tweets a pic of the two of them spending time together (X).
(EDIT: Check out this updated post on the mark Liam was sporting in Oz)
The boys head to Australia and New Zealand. And among many other gorgeous fucking pictures, we get this on April 23rd (which is still one of my favorite Ziam gifs of all time)
And this sweeeeettt (oh my god call the dentist sickly sugary) moment
While Ziam was joking about having a pet turtle together (see the full gif set here X), the real turtle was having it’s foot eaten off while under Danielle’s care (X). Again, no judgment, just stating facts.
Jfc, I’m going to get soooo much hate mail
Okay, let’s continue
End of April beginning of May-ish
Liam and Danielle vacation in Florida at Universal Studios. Most of the pics are fan photos taken of them walking. As usual, they stay out of the spotlight for the most part.
The boys head back to UK then go to Sweden and start recording Take Me Home.
Of most note in this month, and a fact that CANNOT BE REPEATED LOUDLY OR OFTEN ENOUGH
Last First Kiss is written by Liam, Zayn, and Captain Tommo
Did you catch that?
The writing credits for Last First Kiss are
Uh fucking huh
Noooooowwww how do you feel about those gifs of Zayn and Liam singing Last First Kiss to each other on TMH??? Punch in the throat? Maybe the feels?? Yeop. You’re welcome.
May 24, 2012
The US UAN Tour starts
Where Ziam begins to break free
Thank fucking Jebus
I’m going to take this month date by date instead of as a whole because it’s so important
June 9 – Vegas (aka the concert where Liam grovels at Zayn’s feet while Danielle is in the audience)
June 10 – Danielle’s birthday. More importantly, Danielle stays in the States from June 9-15 traveling to the shows and apparently Liam buys her a car (X)
June 11 – Liam announces he and Danielle have moved in together (X)
June 15 – Danielle leaves to go home, and 1D performs a concert in Oakland (check out minute 1:03 here (X))
Where suddenly SHOCKINGLY (okay not shockingly at ALL, Danielle was gone after all) Zayn is happy again and singing to Liam
June 24 – Houston
Aka the boys know it’s going down. Just look at Lou and Harry grin at Ziam. Then Harry points off to the side of the stage to Lou as if the two of them should give Zayn and Liam their privacy - while they’re in front of tens of thousands of people. Oh, Harry. You are too sweet.
June 27 – Wild Atlanta Interview
June 29 – Tampa
Sooooo you seeing something emerging here?
It’s still subtle
I think they were still trying to figure it out
Then August happened
And Liam had some decisions to make…
The heat of summer and Liam’s birthday month brought a 1D outing to the V Festival which was conspicuously less 1/5. Everyone attended the Festival—including Eleanor and Danielle—everyone except Zayn (X). (EDIT: It’s possible Harry was not at the V Festival either, see this anon ask X)
A couple weeks later, Danielle threw Liam a blowout bday bash at the Funky Buddha (X) and everyone attended, right? Um, nope. This gathering was minus Zayn and Louis (X)(X). My guess? Danielle said Zayn wasn’t welcome. And Louis opted not to attend because of that. Like a good Captain. Total and utter conjecture on my part. But idgaf. It makes sense.
You know why?
Okay, let’s lay this out there now
Stop dancing around it
OMFG I did NOT just use that metaphor
For fuck’s sake
Zayn and Danielle have never gotten along
Never liked each other
Never bothered to interact
Want to show me evidence to the contrary?
I’d looooove to see them being chummy
Can’t find it???
That, my friends, is because
They don’t like each other
They’re competing for the beautiful, talented, quirky, loving Liam James Payne
Got that? This whole thing is really that simple
Let’s move on
Then we had the 1D twitcam of August 30th and Zayn licking Liam’s arm, Louis calling Liam out for not answering the phone on his bday, and the boys stripping Liam
All around a worthwhile use of 20 minutes (X)
But the point is, Lou’s sassy ass was obviously calling Liam out for his bullshit. And Zayn did too. Quietly, but he did it. They all knew things were changing and Liam needed to get the fuck with the program and choose one over the other.
He did in September…
Can you hear the angels singing???? I don’t know what the last straw was (did she walk in on them? Did Liam just end it?? Did she end it???) and I don’t care, but in September Danielle moved out. Their breakup went public Sept 26th (X) (X), but in the meantime…
Ziam was UNLEASHED
iTunes on September 21st
Germany on September 25th
There were rumors that Liam was dating Leona Lewis but oh hell no, he was happily exploring Zayn’s expanding array of tattoos—of which Liam would soon start collecting himself…
October brought a newly shaved head for Liam (that Zayn just couldn’t resist touching ALL THE FUCKING TIME) and Liam’s first tattoo on October 13th, and then the infamous trip to the gay club with Captain Tommo and the Spain (YES!!! SPAIN!!!!) interview of mutual caresses (check out my other masterposts for info on all of those).
Liam was happy
Zayn was happy
And we thought there was no way it would get better…
So November brought Zayn getting a new tattoo (with Lou) while wearing a shirt that probably had nothing to do with Liam’s ex-gf (X) and that her twitter page just happens to mention that she dances for the cool kids.
I’m totally not laughing
But Liam seemed pretty smiley that day :D
he he he
And this (aka the video where Lou outs Larry and Ziam in under one minute (X)
And for the love of all that is fucking dirty and wrong, this happened
You can read more about all those events in this other masterpost
Can you hear me giving a gigantic sigh of defeat??
Then this happened…
*dun dun dun*
Just look at the smile on Liam’s face!! He’s so happy to be back with his girlfriend!! It’s the best day ever!! They’re so in love!!
Wait, what did you say?
Oh yeah, right
This is how it went down
I don’t think I need to say anything else about that clusterfuck of a day
Sooo pretty much after that it was obvious MM had picked up on the Ziam feels. There was nooooo Ziam like we had in September through November
Some subtle things that maaayy have been Ziam-ish, but who the fuck really knows?
Yeah, that month pretty much sucked ass
And not in the good way
Wow this post is so fucking long…
I’m getting tired. Anybody else want a drink of water? A snack?? We’re almost done here, I promise
So yeah January happened
Liam supposedly sent Danielle flowers that she tweeted about, but who the fuck knows if that really happened or if they were a gift from someone at Modest who probably didn’t even bother to try and fake Liam’s writing. They really don’t try as hard as they could, you know? Juuuuuust enough to get by.
Neither Liam or Danielle has officially stated anywhere that they are dating again
We had a mind-blowing Ziam moment in Japan
There was this little incident, a cheating “scandal” I guess you could call it, with Zayn. I think you all have heard about now. Bottom line of that one? Pics were of Zayn but he did not do that chick. And not because he’s faithful to Perrie (don’t get me wrong, I have an inkling to like her, I think she knows what’s going on and genuinely cares for Zayn. Just my opinion though).
Danielle made Liam go to dinner with her instead of Liam watching the SuperBowl with his dad like he has for years (don’t even get me started on that one (X))
The video for One Way or Another came out (BWAAHAHAHAH bad choice of words, but sooooo appropriate) and the tour started and we are just being INUNDATED with Ziam goodness.
So that brings us to the present day. We all know the current sitch. Danielle is still around *eyeroll* and Ziam is all lovey on the TMH tour, breaking all of our shipper hearts as we collectively beg for them just to fucking kiss in public already.
Pfft. Still think it’s not an unreasonable request.
Who knows how long Danielle will be kept on the payroll. It looks like the beard thing may be wearing all the boys’ patience at this point. Annnnd with that, I need to be wrap up this post, or I’m going to start ranting about gay rights, and freedom to live your life, and happiness, and true love, and how scary it is to come out, and the complications they face, and how they’re going to have to be really strong, and then I’ll start to cry…
Now I’m done
For now :D
MAJOR FUCKING EDIT: As of May 4th, Payzer is motherfucking over AGAIN. Thank jebus. (X)
(this was a alot of fucking information, so if I got anything wrong or need to add a credit somewhere—which is likely—please let me know. Thx!! xx)