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Zayn Malik Confirms Solo Career After Leaving One Direction

Zayn Malik Confirms Solo Career After Leaving One Direction

Zayn Malik is breaking his silence about quitting One Direction.

The 22-year-old singer opened up about his decision with The Sun (via People), confirming that his fiancee Perrie Edwards is “very supportive” and that he’s been working on his own music for some time.

Here’s what else Zayn had to share:

On quitting the band: “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad. But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good…My band has been really supportive. They’ve been cool about it. And they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore.”

On wanting to leave: “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people’s happiness.”

On the Directioners: “I feel like I’ve let the fans down but I can’t do this anymore. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not the real me.”

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    They never quoted Zayn saying that he was going solo. They threw that in there, no direct quotes.

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  • DeeV

    Alright mr I’m better than everyone else

  • Ashley

    The people who run one direction gave them no proper breaks for 5 years straight, i highly doubt he left bc he didn’t want to make music anymore, he most likely left so he can enjoy making music on his own time and not be rushed and forced to do things with no time off.

  • Raspitou

    I think he’s being too hard on himself, saying that he cheated because of the pressure, therefore, “it wasn’t the real me (who cheated)”. It’s a comforting explanation of his behavior…he cheated because of the hectic lifestyle of the band, but now he can retreat and be himself again.

    But no – you cheated because you’re a 22 year old MALE with tons of money and every young woman around you wants you. What do you expect? I’m not justifying it, but this is the way of things. Don’t cop out behind it not really “being you”.

  • iWriteMyVocals

    Cheated? If you is female, you barkin up the wrong tree.

  • iWriteMyVocals

    Dear Zayn;
    Good luck. 717.
    My husband whispered me this.

  • jacob katoa boy directioner

    I will always support you zayn

  • Reebs

    I agree. If you click the link to the People article, it more clearly states that Zayn is already starting to work on music and collaborating with other people to produce it. I think it’s a good move to strike when the iron is hot. For me, he’s always been the best singer, so I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.

  • Reebs

    Yes, this site has terrible writers. You have to go to the People article to get the full details.

  • Truther Teller

    with the ‘The Sun’ digusting damned paper!

  • Nightwish

    One down, four to go!

  • Lisa

    it honestly feels like their demanding schedule pused him to the breaking point. he should of worked through the current tour ( my little cousin is a big fan and wanted to see all of them) and then make his leave.

  • Lisa

    what cheating? the article doesn’t reference any cheating.

  • LoveIt

    I wish him all the best.

  • Glyn Ruck

    Go well Zayn. Right decision for you. The very best of luck
    with your new endeavours. Always an inspiration!

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  • Lillian

    Didnt he say he was leaving one direction so he could have a normal life? Now he wants to go solo? I mean, one thing or the other kid

  • My view

    were in the article does he say that? All he said is he wanted more control and freedom, if the other four want to be drones that their problem not his

  • TeamBella76

    Hey kid you want to be normal or you want a solo career ?

  • mandyz

    Clearly he still wants to make millions so the whole normal thing was BS, he doesn’t want to be a has been going broke cause he clearly still wants the millionaire lifestyle. I think he doesn’t want to constantly work 24/7 like being in One Direction, being Simon’s puppet must be a pain in the ass.

  • mandyz

    Let’s see if he ends up being the next Justin Timberlake. At least he’s way better looking than Justin but talent wise, we’ll see…. And I hope he isn’t doing crazy drugs like I’ve heard about the heroin rumors since he has that arm tattoo that covers track marks really well. He needs to gain weight that’s for sure, he’s been looking really skinny and pale lately.

  • Malu Swartjes

    Hmm hopefully this made him happy even though as a fan I feel sad and the band will never be the same again.. But good for him!

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  • Kim

    Where is a quote of him saying he wants to live a normal life? I thought this was his first interview regarding leaving 1D

  • Kiara

    the music they were making was never his cup of tea. He compromised, but deep down he had that yearning to create his sound. He was thier best vocalist, I saw a video were his band-mates stopped and literally applauded him. I think he’s made the right choice at a peak level, rather than when their contract is up in 2018/19, which i feel by then people wont care that much about any of them. Look forward to hearing wht he has in store.