Zayne Malik wants you to know that he’s his OWN MAN!
The pop singer talked with Billboard about all kinds of things, but mostly really emphasizing that he’s his own person and he’ll do what he wants, THANKYOUVERYMUCH. Which is kinda boring to read until he gets honest about the other 1D chaps genuinely disliking him. JUICY! Here are highlights:
On staying friends with his ex-One Direction mates: “The truth of it is,” he says carefully, “you can think one thing about a situation and the total opposite can happen. I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people. I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. Certain people have pride issues, but it’s stuff you overcome in time.”
What he did after leaving the band and splitting with fiance Perrie Edwards: “I went home,” he says. “I seen my mum, who cooked me some great food. I ate for three weeks because I’d lost so much weight in the band. I seen my sisters and put my dad’s sheepskin on — I walked around and everyone thought I was him. Nobody bothered me. It was good for my soul to be back in Bradford.”
On Being In One Direction: “We weren’t allowed to say certain things, or word [lyrics] the way we would want to,” says Malik. “I’d sit and wonder, ‘If the fans knew how it worked, what would they think?’ My argument was: People are more intelligent than that. They want to hear what’s real, so why don’t we write some stuff that we’re actually going through?”
I mean, if I were around Malik during his reshifting of priorities, I guess I’d be a little pissed. More importantly, I wonder what his new music is going to sound like…