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Zayn Malik Reveals Why He Left One Direction & How He Split With Perrie Edwards in 'The Fader' Cover Story

Zayn Malik Reveals Why He Left One Direction & How He Split With Perrie Edwards in 'The Fader' Cover Story

Zayn Malik takes a sip of some juice in this just-released cover for The Fader magazine.

Here’s what the 22-year-old former One Direction singer had to share with the mag:

On why he quit: “I guess I just wanted to go home from the beginning. I was always thinking it. I just didn’t know when I was going to do it. Then by the time I decided to go, it just felt right on that day. I woke up on that morning, if I’m being completely honest with you, and was like, ‘I need to go home. I just need to be me now, because I’ve had enough.’ I was with my little cousin at the time—we were sat in the hotel room—and I was just, ‘Should I go home?’ And he was like, ‘If you want to go home, let’s go home.’ So we left.”

On if his cheating rumors contributed to the decision: “The two things never really coincided in my mind. Obviously, publicly, that’s the way it worked, because it worked well for the purpose. Them two stories looked good together side by side. Stories came out because we were in Thailand, and we were out and about. If we were out in Australia, if we were out in India, the same thing would have happened. It was just at a peak where the fame was intrusive and invasive. It wasn’t because of that that I left—that was just a contributing factor to everything. I’d already made my mind up before that.”

On if he broke up with Perrie Edwards over text: “If you could word it exactly this way, I’d be very appreciative. I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn’t do that.”

On his frustration with the music: “There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version. Whenever I would suggest something, it was like it didn’t fit us. There was just a general conception that the management already had of what they want for the band, and I just wasn’t convinced with what we were selling. I wasn’t 100 percent behind the music. It wasn’t me. It was music that was already given to us, and we were told this is what is going to sell to these people. As much as we were the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, it felt weird. We were told to be happy about something that we weren’t happy about.”

For more on Zayn, visit TheFader.com.

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  • Shivani Yadav

    His answers (especially the last one) remind me a lot of Brian Wilson (from The Beach Boys). Even he dealt with same things… I think he did the right thing by following his heart than dealing with all of the torture :)

  • Nicola

    The typical boy band formula provides a ton of initial success but it must get old quickly especially if you have any creative aspirations of your own. I wish him the best.

  • WandaBread

    Wow! We all know boy bands suck and are manufactured. Looks like he did the right thing by leaving that bullshit.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    he looks so fucing good

  • cristina

    Asides from the fact that he is very handsome, to me he was always the most talented one in the band. His vocals were just amazing, his falsetto, everything. To think that he was so limited. I truly hope he becomes successful on his own because he deserves it!

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    He knew it’s gonna be a bullshit from the beginnings — .
    he came for audition on tv show that created to earn money. He was okay with “generic sound” when he didn’t had money.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    He knew it’s gonna be a bullshit from the beginnings — .
    he came for audition on tv show that created to earn money. He was okay with “generic sound” when he didn’t had money.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    He knew it’s gonna be a bullshit from the beginnings — .
    he came for audition on tv show that created to earn money. He was okay with “generic sound” when he didn’t had money.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Yes, he think “THEY” are the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, but it’s only because their management do generic pop music. He should grow up enough to understand it but he don’t.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Yes, he think “THEY” are the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, but it’s only because their management do generic pop music. He should grow up enough to understand it but he don’t.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Yes, he think “THEY” are the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, but it’s only because their management do generic pop music. He should grow up enough to understand it but he don’t.

  • Glyn Ruck

    Thank you for setting the record straight Zayn. Some people needed to hear this. Good luck with finishing off the new album & stay safe.!

  • WandaBread

    He was just a kid when he signed up for the manufactured boyband and as an adult he left their lousy ass.

  • Gina

    Of course he was OK with it. He grew up with no money in a six person household. So when someone offered him (a 17 year old kid) the world on a silver platter, he took it. Can you really blame him? Have a heart.

  • Gina

    He did grow up, that’s why he left.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    I blame that he blaming his managers (for money he get). Poor work ethic.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    he still a kid to me. adult person take a responsibility for everything happening in his life and infantile person blame others.

    Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. Jean-Paul Sartre.

  • Gina

    Poor work ethic? Are you serious? He worked his butt off for 4 years with One Direction, making four albums in four years, and going on tour each and every one of those years with hardly any time off. Zayn was the best singer in the group and they relied heavily on his vocals, they’ll even admit that themselves. For him to stick with them for four years while they made music he didn’t fully care for takes commitment. All of the boys have issues with their management, but none of them had the balls to leave. Stop deluding yourself.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Do you know what word ethic means? He worked his butt off for 4 years for the money, for the fame and so on. Not because of moral or ethic.
    They all have issues but they all (as we see) can to leave any moment, any day, any morning.

  • Gina

    I know exactly what work ethic means, it seems that you clearly don’t. He worked hard because he loved to perform and make his fans happy, he put his feeling about the music aside for THEM. He selflessly stayed for as long as he could to make the fans and his band mates happy. He has integrity. Now he’s deciding to stay true to himself and you are trying to begrudge him that? Have several seats. It’s not easy to get out of a contract, which makes him being able to leave so easily without getting sued suspicious. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. There must have been some strings attached to his leaving that he was willing to endure. That takes guts. Guts that the other boys do not have. If it was only about the money for him, he would have stayed instead of taking a risk by going solo. The other boys are staying for the money & because they don’t have the guts to leave.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    You are subjective. You are a fan. I would say he stayed for money. We will never know.

  • Gina

    In this case, being a fan is not a bad thing, it actually helps my argument because I know enough about him to know that it wasn’t just about the money for him. You on the other hand don’t know a single thing about him so you are coming from a completely uninformed place.

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