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Zayn Talks Life After One Direction In New Billboard Interview

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Ever since his FADER magazine feature back in November, we’ve all been restless waiting for new music from ex-One Directioner Zayn Malik. He has yet to drop the music he’s ben recording in his backyard and on camping trips, but he has given us another tell-all interview. Here are the highlights from his brand new feature in Billboard.

On his differing music taste from other band members
“I genuinely enjoyed [the band] and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it’s just not where I sit as a musician. The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t f—k with it. That was never cool where I was from.”

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On fans playing up a rivalry between him and his former band mates
“There are no sides to pick. We’re not going head-to-head.”

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On remaining friends with the rest of the band
“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.”

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On what he did after quitting One Direction
“I went home. I seen my mum, who cooked me some great food. I ate for three weeks because I’d lost so much weight in the band. I seen my sisters and put my dad’s sheepskin on — I walked around and everyone thought I was him. Nobody bothered me. It was good for my soul to be back in Bradford.”

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On 1D being “like a machine”
“It was like a f—king machine going constantly.We weren’t allowed to say certain things, or word [lyrics] the way we would want to. I’d sit and wonder, ‘If the fans knew how it worked, what would they think?'”

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On Made In The A.M.
“I’ll be honest. I thought the first single was quite cool. I heard the second single and”—he screws up his face—“yeah, I didn’t buy the album.”

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You can read the full cover story here.