Los Angeles -We've all pretty much moved on from the tragedy that hit when Zayn Malik left One Direction, but now Zayn is telling his side of the story and it's as revealing as you'd expect.
While looking super-hot happy on the cover of Billboard magazine, Zayn hinted that he hardly speaks to the One Direction boys anymore.
Zayn Malik is proving he’s been his own man all along #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/DhKq4CVtY3 pic.twitter.com/havPptOXRm— billboard (@billboard) January 7, 2016
Zayn Malik is proving he’s been his own man all along #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/DhKq4CVtY3 pic.twitter.com/havPptOXRm
The 22-year-old singer - who shockingly departed the boy band last year - has had "every intention" to stay in touch with his old bandmates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, and the people who work for the group after they went their separate ways but admits in some cases the "total opposite" has happened.
In a sit-down interview with the magazine, he said: "The truth of it is, 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."
Zayn Malik on 1D: “I had every intention of remaining friends” #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/8yWwjpYZ1h pic.twitter.com/948jUSXcJG— billboard (@billboard) January 7, 2016
Zayn Malik on 1D: “I had every intention of remaining friends” #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/8yWwjpYZ1h pic.twitter.com/948jUSXcJG
And whilst the Night Changes hitmaker "genuinely enjoyed" his time with One Direction, he personally prefers other music genres and confessed he hasn't bothered to listen to the last 1D album Made in the A.M. and baulked at the sound of the second single Perfect.
Speaking about the LP, he said: "There are no sides to pick. We're not going head-to-head ... I'll be honest. I thought the first single was quite cool. I heard the second single and ... yeah, I didn't buy the album.
"'I genuinely enjoyed the band and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it's just not where I sit as a musician."
Zayn on 1D: “The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t f— with it.” https://t.co/vDWbdJaNVE— billboard (@billboard) January 8, 2016
Zayn on 1D: “The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t f— with it.” https://t.co/vDWbdJaNVE
Zayn claims being a member of 1D had many limitations, especially when it came to what music they could release.
He said: "It was like a fucking machine going constantly. We weren't allowed to say certain things, or words lyrics the way we would want to. 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?"
Zayn speaks his truth. #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/l31Valeo4r— billboard (@billboard) January 7, 2016
Zayn speaks his truth. #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/l31Valeo4r
When asked what being in the band gave him, he added to Billboard magazine: "Status. The capability to restrain certain things I would want to do. I also learned it's good to keep friends, because you don't know when you're going to make new ones, so you should probably just keep the old ones."
The Zayn Malik Cover Story: “I’m not censoring myself anymore” #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/52K6FVLu5U pic.twitter.com/ZKgnWewAmT— billboard (@billboard) January 7, 2016
The Zayn Malik Cover Story: “I’m not censoring myself anymore” #ZaynOnBillboard https://t.co/52K6FVLu5U pic.twitter.com/ZKgnWewAmT
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