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Zayn Malik Says Being in One Direction Was 'Disorienting'

Zayn Malik Says Being in One Direction Was 'Disorienting'

Zayn Malik is spilling more details about why he decided to leave One Direction at the height of its success.

The 23-year-old singer opened up about the choice in his autobiography Zayn.

“By the time I decided to leave One Direction, it didn’t even feel like a conscious decision,” he wrote. “I just got to a point I knew I couldn’t go on. I was so tired. I just wanted to go home.”

“Everything I had known before was replaced with something alien, and that can be disorienting,” Zayn went on. “I grew up in a really tight-knit family and on top of everything else, it was difficult for me to suddenly be so far away from them.”

“The biggest obstacle for me after I left and when I first considered releasing my own stuff was that I hadn’t really figured out my sound yet,” he added. “I had some solid musical building blocks and lyrical ideas, but nothing more. I suppose that makes sense – I hadn’t exactly had much life experience when One Direction started.”

The decision seems to be working out fine for Zayn – he’s nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2016 American Music Awards!

His girlfriend Gigi Hadid totally loves his solo music and showed her support by retweeting the offical AMAs tweet below:

Also pictured inside: Zayn arriving at the Peninsula Hotel on Wednesday (November 9) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Click inside to read more from Zayn’s book…

“Logically it made no sense, leaving the biggest boy band in the world at the height of its success,” Zayn explained. “But, after nearly five years of non-stop touring and promotion, I was really struggling to keep going.”

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  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    this guy is just so full of crap

  • Gina

    So Zayn is coincidentally papped around the same time Gigi has been talking about him in the media? Their PR teams are definitely coordinated. It’s like a well oiled machine *eye roll.*

  • Gina

    So Zayn is coincidentally papped around the same time Gigi has been talking about him in the media? Their PR teams are definitely coordinated. It’s like a well oiled machine *eye roll.*

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  • Khazija

    No, this guy is sharing some aspects of the truth that he is allowed to discuss and is prohibited from management contracts from disclosing the entire story. He has every right to discuss his experiences and he doesn’t have to feed along fantasies especially since certain people keep functioning on a smear campaign at his expense.

  • Khazija

    I hope Zayn wins the AMA for Best New Artist.

  • Dee

    if disorienting is what they call splitting the check, yes, it was disorienting.

  • Soured

    Oh My God can’t he shut the fuck up, no one will no who the fuck he is if it wasn’ part of One Direction, now he can’t stop dishing about the boyband, then go back in your fucking normal life and stop talking to media if life is so fucking horrible asshole!

  • Suzie

    You obviously haven’t read the book because Zayn has remained very respectful and didn’t dish at all. He only explained why he left the band, taking full responsibility. And he said he’s feeling great at the moment and feels blessed with his life. Maybe you’re projecting, Soured.

  • Suzie

    What’s wrong with doing promo lol?

    On a side note, Zayn looks great. Really fit and healthy. Such a handsome man.

  • Lawrence Rainbow

    I was more a fan of Zayn then I was One Direction so their breaking up wasn’t a big deal to me, I wasn’t sure how he was going to do as a solo artist but after listening to “Mind of Mine” I’m convinced he has what a takes to be a good one. :)

  • Lawrence Rainbow

    I agree, Zayn is a very handsome young man. When his beard is neatly trimmed he looks very sexy indeed.

  • Gina

    It proves that their relationship is a PR stunt, nothing more.

  • Suzie

    Why give a damn though? It’s their lives, their choices.
    They could still be going out together. Many couples use their relationship for PR. Even Brangelina and Bekhams use their own children and relationship (well not anymore for Brangelina). Lines are blurred nowadays with social media.
    Anyway I’m only here for his music – as long as he’s not doing anything reprehensible, I don’t care.

  • Gina

    I give a damn because his image has been tainted since the stunt started. It’s not a good look. Also, I don’t like it when people try to insult my intelligence by passing off something that is clearly fake as real.

  • Suzie

    It isn’t true, his image hasn’t been tainted at all. If you exclude some of his fans on the internet, people in real life like them. Most of the people I know think they look good together. A pic of them got 2.8 million likes on IG.
    And why make it so personal. It’s not about us. I mean we don’t know them. Nothing proves that they don’t actually go out. And if they do, they do. If they don’t, they don’t. Pr or no PR, they seem to like each other anyway.

  • Lawrence Rainbow

    You said it honey, why anyone would take this crap so seriously is still something I haven’t figured out yet. I’m a fan of Zayn’s music not his personal life, what he does and why he does it is entirely his own affair. People should just leave it at that.

  • Gina

    Just because they take pretty pictures, doesn’t make them a couple. That’s what shallow people like you are expected to believe. PR stunts only work on gullible fans & I’m not gullible. A pic of them gets millions of likes on IG which is why Gigi posts pics of them. She can’t get that many likes on her own. The “relationship” exists online and through pap photos, not in real life.

  • Suzie

    I think that what you mean is that we’re not as obsessed as you are and don’t care as much as you do.

  • Gina

    Nope. You’re shallow, gullible sheep.

  • Khazija

    You are slandering and trashing him because he is discussing his experiences like anybody else. The real truth is far worse and he is expressing restraint against the people who hurt him due to restrictions imposed on him currently. Then you are acting like he is not allowed to do interviews and discuss his life. The double standards, these bigoted haters apply to him versus any other celebrity is astoundingly appalling.

    Zayn has every right to do interviews and discuss his life. He has every right to discuss his trials, tribulations, and problems like anybody else. You and the rest of the world don’t apply to this standard to anybody else in the band who milked his exit for months and disrespected him profusely by feeding into a false narrative as well as capitalize with planted articles and spin biased against Zayn.

  • Khazija

    You mean enduring pain, discrimination, and mistreatment so he finally had to leave.

  • An

    You don’t have to read about Zayn if you have such an issue with him.

    You might have not known who he was without his involvement in 1D, but that doesn’t apply to everyone because plenty of people remember Zayn from TXF before he was put in the band. Who knows what would have happened to him if he decided to not join? Potentially, Zayn could have had success as a solo artist without any association with 1D, and maybe they wouldn’t be as successful without him.

    Zayn never explicitly said he wanted a normal life, or that his life was terrible. Besides, there would be nothing wrong with Zayn saying those things if he felt it was true and applicable to him.

  • An

    What’s your problem? Zayn is just discussing his thoughts and experiences.

  • An

    They all made more than enough money, so that’s not the issue. Zayn was mistreated, and had to leave for the sake of his well-being.

  • An

    It’s good to see that Zayn is in a better place after leaving the band. I wish him the best.

  • Glyn Ruck

    Zayn never said he found anything “disorienting” He is British & would have said “disorientating”

    Zayn & Gigi’s relationship is very real. She is very good for him!