Zayn Malik Isn’t Friends with Former One Direction Band Mates
It’s no secret that Zayn Malik separated with the boy band, One Direction a long time ago. But it appears that he doesn’t even talk to them anymore. The singer said he hasn’t spoken to any of his former One Direction band mates since a long time.
The One Direction Split
Zayn Malik left the group in 2015, four years after they were put together on The X Factor and achieved global fame. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson continued as a four-piece for another year before they all went their separate ways to launch solo projects. The hope that they would one day get back together in their original line-up is no more after Zayn revealed he hasn’t spoken to the others for long.
Five Different Personalities
In his words:
“That’s just the way it is. People move on, people grow apart, people grow up.”
He said that the band’s rise to fame “from theaters, to arenas, to stadiums” had different effects on all of them. It’s not easy to attain such massive success at such a young age. The band was obviously under a lot of pressure at the time. This had a significant effect on Malik’s health. It went on to affect his relationship with other band members.
Even though the group was always depicted as close friends while they were together, Malik said he had “always [been] a bit of an island. I don’t like to confer with too many people.”
After he left, it seems he totally lost touch with them. In an interview, he said:
“I guess that kind of progression affects you a little bit. People take it different ways – especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart.”
Moreover, he added:
“I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is.”
Zayn’s Issues With the Group
According to Zayn, things “were said about him” after he left. He didn’t expect those “snide” and “small” things to happen.
This isn’t the first time Zayn has opened up about the hard times he experienced during and after One Direction. He’s also had his fair struggles with anxiety issues. Once he even almost got eliminated from The X Factor UK for refusing to dance in the boot camp round. This shows that there was obviously more going on in his life than most people realized.
Furthermore, in September last year, he told Us Weekly that he and Styles hardly spoke to each other.
In the past, when Zayn Malik bid farewell to One Direction, he had sounded completely different:
“I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
However, it’s apparent that his former statement isn’t true anymore.
Zayn and His Solo Music Career
Regardless, after his split from One Direction, Malik adopted a more alternative R&B music style. This eventually led him to release his solo debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ in 2016. With the lead single from the album ‘Pillow Talk’, he became the first British artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US. Later, he also released the hit singles, “Let Me” and “Dusk Till Dawn.”