Zayn Malik Reveals Which One Direction Member He’s Closest To As He Covers NME
While the way is nearly over for Zayn Malik’s debut album to finally grace our ear holes, it’s safe to say it’s a pretty bittersweet affair.
Because, as we’re sure you know, March 25 isn’t just the day Mind Of Mine is released, it’s also the day One Direction announced that Zayn was leaving the band.
Yep, it’s almost been a whole year since that fateful statement, but even though we’re TOTALLY over it now (ish), it looks like time hasn’t really helped 1D and Zayn’s estranged friendships.
Gracing the cover of this week’s NME, the singer revealed exactly with the deal is with the group, and admitted that he’s only really talking to one of them.
He told the mag: “I'm still probably the closest to Liam. We talk on the phone.
“He congratulated me on my single, which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award [the group collected the British Video Award for 'Drag Me Down'].
“It was a good chat. We haven't met up in a long time so we want to meet up."
But has he actually seen any of his former bandmates? "I tried to have contact but nobody's reached out. So… whatever."
Zayn also revealed what went down the day he actually decided to leave One Direction, telling NME: "I called my security and I was like, 'I need to sort out a plane. I want to go home.'
“I don't know how I knew, but I just did. So I chatted with my cousin. Listened to a few songs. Just waited for my plane to come."
Revealing that he managed to ‘keep a bit of his sanity’ thanks to understanding ‘how the media works’, he added:
“I think that's why [I] came across as being mysterious or detached. I just didn't want to get caught up in something that wasn't real."
But despite the fact that he hated a lot of the attention he’d get, some think his real reason for leaving the band came down to getting out before 1D’s success started dwindling.
Zayn isn’t quite too convinced by that, adding: "I'm not saying that. But if I did then f**k me, I've got a great brain.”
WE'RE SO CONFLICTED.
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