M.I.A. says Zayn Malik is 'going through something really weird' rn

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M.I.A. and Zayn Malik's new track 'Freedun' has been on repeat at Sugarscape HQ ever since it came out, and although we're rooting for a music video to be released (PLEASE GUYS? PLEEEEASE), M.I.A.'s been having a chinwag about Zayn in the meantime.

Whilst he goes all fashwan and beardy and delicious at New York Fashion Week, she's been chatting to The Daily Star about what the ex-One Direction singer is up to at the moment and how their collaboration came about.

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Speaking about his solo career, she said: "I like Zayn because he's going through something really weird. He's going solo in a time where the world is getting more and more divisive. The pressure on him is more and more, because of the fact that he's half Pakistani., and he tweets s*** like #FreePalestine.

He's gone from not talking about something to having to carry all the pressures of somebody who embodies all these things. Even if he's not playing that card, we project all that s*** on to him.

As for how their collaboration came about? She continued:  "We just basically did it while I was here, because I've been here for a week-and-a-half. We've just been going back and forth on, you know, WhatsApp. 

"We have the same publishers and they wanted me to demo some songs for Zayn.

"Before I started writing properly my own stuff [for 'AIM'], I was thinking maybe I'll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn ... We had a couple people in common. And that's how it came about.

"I didn't really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him."

So there you go - she wanted to write music for him, the record put them in touch and they ended up making musical magic. BLOODY LOVELY.

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