Malala throws tantrum over Nobel Peace Prize loss
Birmingham, England She’s widely known as the calm girl who speaks eloquently about her desire to be an instrument of change for young girls everywhere, but underneath it all, Malala Yousafzai is still just a teenager prone to the usual roller coaster of teenage emotions.
In a rare display of unscripted candor, the Pakistani shooting victim turned education activist reportedly threw a minor tantrum after losing the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Friday.
Sources close to Yousafzai said the 16-year-old had been waiting excitedly for the announcement of the winner by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, and was “100% certain she had the lock on it.”
“She was visibly very disappointed after Thorbjørn Jagland mentioned a different name as the winner,” said one insider. “She threw her Throne Of Glass book down to the floor and ran to her room and slammed the door very very loudly.”
Yousafzai has been a constant newsmaker following her assassination attempt by the Taliban last year after blogging for BBC Urdu, appearing in a documentary about the political and military unrest in Swat, Pakistan, and countless national and international press interviews advocating education for poor young girls in her country. She has been steadily recovering from her gunshot wound to the head and has resumed making public appearances this year.
“Malala is a tough, resilient girl. I’m sure she’ll get over this loss eventually,” said another insider. “She got over the end of the Harry Potter movies after all.”
Yousafzai was in the U.S. capital Friday for a private meeting with President Barack Obama as well as two speaking engagements to promote her book “I Am Malala,” which she co-authored with Christina Lamb.
The young activist and political aspirant was feeling fine and acting normally a couple of hours later, after reportedly receiving a text message from One Direction band member Zayn Malik.