Z016 is here. Former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik has released his first single, Pillowtalk and as a special treat, has given us the accompanying video too. Is it still January, because it just got real hot in here.
Malik stars with girlfriend Gigi Hadid in the steamy new video, which shows the couple crying tears of blood, fighting, making up, fighting, and then making up again…a lot. Starring in a music video together is often the kiss of death for any public relationship, but it looks like these two are going to enjoy the time they have together.
“I just gave it a go because it was there at the time and then when I realized the direction we were going in with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I realized I couldn’t put any input in,” he said in his most recent interview with Zane Lowe, “I couldn’t give my opinion on this or that because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were as a band or what we represented.”
After leaving One Direction last March to live life like a “normal 22-year-old”, which incidentally, meant ditching 1D, breaking off his engagement to Perrie Edwards, and reinventing himself into a sexy R&B vocalist, Zayn teamed up with producer Naughty Boy and started recording new songs. After Naughty Boy leaked snippets of Zayn covering Rae Sremmurd’s No Type, Zayn denounced him as an associate while beefing with him on Twitter.
Malik’s debut album Mind Of Mine will include about 18 tracks, including his lead single Pillowtalk, and is slated for release this spring.