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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… More Here! »

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VIDEO: Gigi Hadid Prefers Zayn Malik's Solo Music Over One Direction!

Gigi Hadid is a gorgeous, very busy supermodel who will also be co-hosting the 2016 American Music Awards, so she had a lot to talk about when she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for an episode that aired on Wednesday (November 9).

Besides the AMAs, Gigi , 21, also talked about voting in the 2016 Presidential Election, her latest fashion projects, and her boyfriend of almost a year, Zayn Malik.

Gigi dished that before the power couple started dating, she wasn’t a huge fan of his music while he was in One Direction!

“My stepdad was kind of a classical music producer,” she told Jimmy Kimmel, referring to her mother Yolanda‘s ex-husband, music producer and Grammy winner David Foster. “Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban … so that was the music that I was into.”

“I think we can all name a One Direction song that we like,” she added. “But, maybe not. I love Zayn Malik solo a lot more, I think.”

In case you missed it, check out Gigi starring in Zayn‘s “Pillowtalk” music video here!

Gigi Hadid on Boyfriend Zayn Malik

Also pictured inside: Robert De Niro and musical guest Willie Nelson also making an appearance on the show.

FYI: Gigi is wearing a Nanushka dress and John Hardy earrings.

Click inside to hear what Gigi said about voting and modeling… More Here! »

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Zayn Malik Reveals He Had an Eating Disorder During One Direction Days

Zayn Malik is opening up about suffering from an eating disorder during his time as a member of One Direction.

The 23-year-old “Pillowtalk” singer shares details in his new book, Zayn.

“When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was,” he wrote. “Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.”

“It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all,” Zayn went on. “It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognize it for what it was.”

“I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did,” he added. “I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”

Thankfully, Zayn was eventually able to gain the weight back and control the disorder, though he still struggles with anxiety issues now and then.

“I’m a bit older and a bit more wiser,” Zayn recently said (via Associated Press).

Zayn Malik Is Proud of His Time with One Direction

Zayn Malik is opening up about his time with One Direction in his new memoir and he’s clearing up speculation that he isn’t proud of his accomplishments with the group.

The 23-year-old singer provided an exclusive excerpt from the book to Teen Vogue.

“I got to meet amazing fans, and I can never thank all of them enough for the love and support they gave me during the good times, and the bad,” Zayn writes in the book. “I can honestly say I’m proud of a lot of stuff from the One Direction days. I’m not sure people realize that, but I am. I’ve got the memorabilia – the platinum discs we received with every album – all over my house. I have a wall dedicated to displaying them. One Direction was an incredible experience in its own right, and it’s a part of me, an integral part of my history, and I’m never going to deny that aspect of my life.”

Liam Payne Signs Solo Record Deal, New Music Coming Soon!

Liam Payne is officially launching his solo career with Republic Records!

The 23-year-old One Direction band member is just the latest 1D guy to sign a solo deal – Niall Horan recently signed with Capitol Records and released his first song “This Town.”

Liam‘s new record label promises that new music will be coming soon!

“Being a member of the most successful group of the last decade, Liam has a tremendous opportunity to make an even greater impact on pop culture. We’re honored by Liam’s decision to join Republic Records, and have extremely high expectations for his solo career,” Republic Records Co-Founder and C.E.O. Monte Lipman said in a statement.