Zayn Malik gets candid about One Direction life in new COMPLEX interview: 'I wasn't allowed a beard'

Zayn's been spilling all of the tea

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Zayn Malik's been getting candid in Complex magazine ahead of the release of his debut album (it's literally DAYS away people), revealing more than ever before about life in One Direction. 

In fact, he's opened up about the restrictions faced by the 1D boys - revealing that he wasn't even allowed to grow a beard or dye his hair while in the band. 

"There were certain restrictions in terms of the way that we could come outside of that young teen boy look," he said. 

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"Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn't allowed to keep it. 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."

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"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." 

However, Zayn was also quick to defend the 'You and I' music video, after the interviewer made this assumption: 

"There's a moment in the "You and I" video where you and the rest of One Direction are all wearing the same sweater, with your faces morphing into one another. That underscores the lack of an individual identity."

"Well, that video had a very specific message behind it," he explained. "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."

In fact, Zayn's keen to point out that he's not trying to belittle what One Direction achieved. 

"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," he said.

"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.

"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."

He also opened up about always being labelled 'the mysterious one', saying that actually, he was just quieter in comparison to the other boys:

"In terms of me being described as the mysterious one, that was put on me as a stigma because I didn't get the chance to speak as much," he said. 

"The other boys' personalities were much more forward. They would answer the questions. I would let that happen because, like I said, I didn't have any creative input there. 

"I didn't feel like I was going to say anything about it anyway. Now I get to talk about what I'm passionate about— it's nice to have the chance to speak."

Well. That's quite a lot to process, innit? What do you make of all this? 

Read the full Complex interview here.

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