On Wednesday, the 22-year-old singer announced he was quitting One Direction for good, saying he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight", but was spotted heading into a recording studio on Thursday, leading people around the star to feel confused about his real reasons for leaving the band.
A source close to the band - which now consists of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan - said: "He told everyone in the band and management that he wants to live a normal life and the next thing you know he's going into music studios and doing interviews with tabloids."
Since quitting the group, Zayn has given an extensive interview to The Sun newspaper, prompting speculation he may have had other reasons for leaving the band than those he's suggested.
According to the Daily Mail, Zayn confirmed in his interview with The Sun that he will be embarking on a solo career. There have also been reports that Zayn is already working on his first single with music producer Naughty Boy.
The source told PEOPLE: "Everyone feels a bit misled and thinks he was lying about wanting to live a normal life."
The insider said people around the band feel Zayn has "played" them, adding: "Louis and Zayn are friends and will talk but the rest probably won't."
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