Zayn Malik Reveals Some Interesting One Direction Beard Rules As He Covers Complex
With his debut solo album set to drop this weekend, he's also landed the cover of April's Complex where among other things, he's discussed dating Gigi Hadid, whether people are going to want to have sex to the record and not being allowed to grow a beard or dye his hair while he was in the band.
So yeah, quite a mix there really.
Naturally we're going to need to talk about the pressing issue of beards, moustaches and hair first as we're nothing if not more shallow than a sandpit that's yet to be dug.
Chatting to the mag about how he struggled with his own authenticity in relation to the band, Zayn says: "That was something that was always underlying, and ended up as the main factor of me leaving in the end. It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it. That was always there. It was one of the things that wasn’t going to go away, so I had to go away.
"No one can ever say I was ungrateful, even though it sort of comes across that way when I mention that I was frustrated with the band. That’s not the case at all. That was just an experience that had to be dealt with at the time. With the music that I’m doing now, I get to express myself, and that creative tension is gone."
Referencing the video for You & I, the interviewer goes on to suggest that the morphing effect they used actually suggested a lack of individuality - something Zayn actually rebukes as a misunderstanding of what it was all about.
"Well, that video had a very specific message behind it," he explains. "We were trying to show that, regardless of the fact that we’re a group, we all have our own story to tell. In a sense, I understood what that was, and I can see how people can look at that and go, 'They’re all five the same guy. They’re all wearing the same clothes. They’re all doing the same shit.' But that’s not what we were trying to show. There were certain restrictions in terms of the way that we could come outside of that young teen boy look [though]."
And what restrictions were they?
"Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn’t allowed to keep it," Zayn says. "Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it, and decided to keep it anyway. That was just because I looked older than the rest of them. That’s one of the things that is now quite cool. I get to keep my beard. I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn’t allowed to."
Being in the spotlight is still something Zayn struggles with and he isn't keen about having his relationship with Gigi thrust into the limelight.
"I try to keep the two very separate," he says when asked how juggling the personal and the private works. "I try to, as much as I can. But there’s only so much you can do."
"I’m learning to deal with [the public interest]. It’s just one of those things now, in the background. I just leave it as a bit of a noise in the background."
Oh and if you were wondering whether the album is going to be the perfect soundtrack to your sexy time, it sounds like your in for a treat.
Asked point blank whether it's a record he wants people to get jiggy to, Zayn replied: "Well, if that’s something that they would choose to do, then yeah.
Yes but will we want to, Zayn? WILL WE?
"Who knows? It’s a very sexual album," he adds. "I’m sure it could fit into that scenario."
Good to know.
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