Zayn Malik Opens Up About Leaving One Direction: “We got sick of each other”

British singer-songwriter Zayn Malik got candid about leaving the pop boy band One Direction during his Call Her Daddy podcast interview with host and podcaster Alex Cooper. This was his first public interview after six years.

He admitted that “a lot of politics” was happening at that time, which urged him to leave the band in 2015.

Zayn Malik

Screenshot: Call Her Daddy Podcast

“I don’t want to go into too much detail, but there was a lot of politics going on. People were doing certain things. Some people didn’t want to sign contracts, so I knew something was happening,” he told Cooper.

The 30-year-old said he wanted to be the first to get out of the situation and make his own record.

“I’m passive, but when it comes to my music and my business, I’m serious about it, and I’m competitive. I wanted to be the first to go and do my own thing,” he stated.

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Malik also revealed that there were “underlying issues” within his friendship with former bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles.

He also said they got sick of each other, “We’ve been together every day for five years and we got sick of each other, if I’m being completely honest.”

Alex Cooper interview with Zayn Malik

Screenshot: Call Her Daddy Podcast

However, the singer clarified that they were really close and emphasized that he now looks back to the memories they shared together “in a much fonder light.”

He also spoke up about being “overexposed” in the band, which was the reason why he decided not to take any interviews for years.

“I think that’s why I’ve took the time I have to not even necessarily do interviews and do too much press exposure because I feel like we were so overexposed in the band that it takes a bit of time for you naturally to progress as a human,” Malik explained.

In the interview, he mentioned managing his anxiety and co-parenting his daughter Khai with his former partner American Model Gigi Hadid.

Malik recently announced his comeback song Love Like This, to be released on July 21, 2023.


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