As One Direction continue to enjoy their well needed hiatus, Zayn Malik has landed the cover of Billboard magazine - and in the interview, he opens up about how he's reached out to a few of his old bandmates and "not got a reply".
Ahh, being a One Direction fan is a total abyss of emotion, isn't it? When it's not #Hendall reuniting or Louis Tomlinson's rumoured new girlfriend, it's Zayn Malik landing a super attractive new magazine cover, taking the opportunity to discuss the band in full.
As well as talking about his new music and Made In The A.M., Billboard asked Zayn whether he felt like he still had "four brothers" in Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
"The truth of it is," he answered carefully, "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."
Speaking about One Direction in musical terms, el Maliko went on to add that sometimes the lyrics the band wrote were censored or changed for reasons that he didn't understand at the time.
"It was like a f---ing machine going constantly. We weren't allowed to say certain things, or word [lyrics] the way we would want to," he explained. "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?
"I genuinely enjoyed [the band] and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it's just not where I sit as a musician," he says. "The other boys' taste was generally indie rock. It's good music, but I don't f--- with it. That was never cool where I was from."
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