Zayn Malik takes the cover of Billboard‘s latest issue, where he gives a very revealing interview.
Here’s what 22-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On not hearing from One Direction after leaving the band: “The truth of it is you can think one thing about a -situation and the total opposite can happen. I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people. I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. Certain people have pride issues, but it’s stuff you overcome in time.”
On the truth behind One Direction: “[The band and I] weren’t allowed to say certain things, or word [lyrics] the way we would want to. I’d sit and wonder, ‘If the fans knew how it worked, what would they think?’ My argument was: People are more intelligent than that. They want to hear what’s real, so why don’t we write some stuff that we’re actually going through?”
On what he did after leaving the band: “I went home. I seen my mum, who cooked me some great food. I ate for three weeks because I’d lost so much weight in the band. I seen my sisters and put my dad’s sheepskin on — I walked around and everyone thought I was him. Nobody bothered me. It was good for my soul to be back in Bradford.”
On his new music: “I’ll come down here and record maybe seven songs a night….That’s because I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I’m not censoring myself anymore, so I’m not tired. I love it.”
FYI: Zayn is wearing an AllSaints leather jacket, t-shirt and jeans.
For more from Zayn, visit Billboard.com.