"It's stuff you overcome in time," Malik says of one day rekindling friendships with his old bandmates

By Jeff Nelson
Updated January 07, 2016 02:30 PM
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Zayn Malik and the One Direction lads have had their fair share of social media spats since Malik quit the band in March. But Directioners can rest assuring knowing that hope is not lost, and the former bandmates may rekindle their friendship one day.

Malik, 22, sat down with Billboard in November for its new cover story, and he talked about that reported 1D rivalry, making new music (due in the spring), smoking pot – and whether or not he’s dating Gigi Hadid.

Here are the biggest revelations from his chat with the trade.

When he Tweeted he’d have ‘four friends for life’ when he quit One Direction, he meant it – but he’s not sure where he stands with his former bandmates.
“The truth of it is, 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.”

For fans and the media fueling a rivalry, he doesn’t see it that way.
“There are no sides to pick … We’re not going head-to-head.”

He definitely has a “type” when it comes to women he dates, both physically…
“I need a challenge. Also, I like girls that are a bit chunky in certain areas – the nice areas. I like a fuller woman.”

…and intellectually.
“I enjoy an intellectual conversation as well, where someone can construct a sentence beyond what hair and makeup they’re wearing and talk about something political or the world. I like an opinion.”

So does reported girlfriend Gigi Hadid fit that description?
At the time of the November interview, Malik told Billboard he and Hadid are “just good friends.” (Late last month, the model visited the singer in his native London.)

He smokes sativa, an energizing strain of marijuana.
Malik called it “creative weed.”

Creating music solo has set him free.
“I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I’m not censoring myself anymore, so I’m not tired. I love it.”