Zayn Malik says he's 'massively grateful' for his time in One Direction

He's admitted he 'wouldn't be here' without 'em

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Following that Zane Lowe Beats 1 interview and Stephanie Davis off of Celebrity Big Brother's comments recently, Zayn Malik's been accused by some of forgetting his roots and trying to put the whole One Direction thing behind him. Turns out the lad should probably be cut some slack, though; 'cos he's been all adorable and admitted he's actually 'massively grateful' for his time with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

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Despite ex-gal pal Stephanie claiming el Maliko 'wasn't happy' in 1D as far back as 2011 (babes please), Zayn's actually super proud of his time with the lads and claims he 'loved' what they did as a group.

GAH, the 5/5 feels.

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Chatting to Ryan Seacrest on, um, On Air with Ryan Seacrest Zayn admitted: "It went really quick and a lot kind of happened, so it kind of took its time to sink in, but I wasn't going to be an idiot and say no.
I'm massively grateful for that, and if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be here. It's not because I'm trying to be more successful or as successful as what was going on before, because there's no comparison. 

"I was in the biggest boy band in the world and I loved what we did as a boy band.
That's what makes this so exciting for me, because I'm in control of it now."

And this ain't the first time Zayn's been super adorable after leaving the band, is it? Just last week he called Louis Tomlinson's son Freddie Reign 'cute as f**k' (SUCH A WAY WITH WORDS) and told Zane Lowe he had 'some of the best times' with his brothers. He's just moved on, aight? Things change. Whatever.

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What d'ya make of Zayn's comments, eh? Bloody adorable, no? Give us a tweet over @sugarscape or drop a comment in the box below, purdy please and a-thank you.

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