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In a new interview for British Vogue, One Direction alum Zayn Malik opened up about his days in the band, reaffirming the notion that his experience was not exactly a pleasant one.
Apparently, he told the reporter that he didn’t make a single friend in the band, even though they spent five years together before he left 1D in 2015. Not one!
“Yeah,” he says. “I have always been a bit like that, though – always a bit of an island. I don’t like to confer with too many people,” he said.
In fact, he hasn’t seen or spoken to any of them in years. Like, he’s very much over and done with it, and he even implied some shady shit happened after he left.
Reflecting on his time in the boy band, Malik admits the grueling schedule took a toll on his mental health, and it affected his relationships with Horan, Payne, Styles and Tomlinson. “We went from theaters, to arenas, to stadiums. There was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom. I guess that kind of progression to any mind—but especially when you’re 17, 18—it kind of affects you a little bit. People take it different ways—especially when there are five different personalities,” Malik tells the magazine. “The relationships had broken apart.”
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He tried to explain the rigorous nature of the job as a sort of explanation for why he never formed any bonds with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, or Louis Tomlinson.
After Malik quit One Direction, the band soldiered on as a quartet for one more album before going on an indefinite hiatus to pursue solo projects. While Horan, Payne, Styles and Tomlinson have remained close, Malik admits, “I didn’t speak to any of them for a long time, to be honest. That’s just the way it is. There were things that had happened and things that were said after I left…” After a pause, Malik adds, “Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”
While his relationship with 1D may be fraught, his on-again relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid is better than ever. “Everything is great. She’s super-organized and I’m really not,” the singer confesses. “It helps that she can get things together for me a little bit. I lean on her a lot.”
We do think of Malik as a bit of a lone wolf—he admitted to GQ last year that he likes being alone on the farm he bought in rural Pennsylvania—but his latest admission is fascinating because there never appeared to be any animosity between the guys during the band’s tenure.