Zayn Malik on Life in the Spotlight After 1D and Dating Gigi Hadid: 'I Try to Keep the Two Very Separate'
"It was about denying the authenticity of who I was and what I enjoyed about music," he tells Complex in a new interview
“It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it,” Malik, 23, tells Complex in its April/May cover story of leaving the band that made him famous. “It was one of the things that wasn’t going to go away, so I had to go away.”
According to the “Pillowtalk” singer, “certain restrictions” during his time with the guys included not being able to grow a beard or dye his hair.
“That was just because I looked older than the rest of them,” he says. “That’s one of the things that is now quite cool.”
The songs on his upcoming record Mind of Mine (“It’s a very sexual album,” he says of the disc, out Friday) also mean more to him.
“None of the songs that I wrote in One Direction were personal to me,” Malik says. “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. With the music that I’m doing now, I get to express myself, and that creative tension is gone.”
“I try to keep the two very separate … as much as I can,” he says. “But there’s only so much you can do. I’m learning to deal with it. It’s just one of those things now, in the background.”