We're glad he's able to speak his truth, but wow, some of the things he says about his One Direction days feel a little uncomfortable.
We don't think he's necessarily throwing shade at his former band, but telling it like he can finally tell it. The music wasn't really his thing, it turns out, leading him to eventually quit the group and head on to his next big thing.
Zayn really opens up about how the creative restrictions contributed to his unhappiness: "There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as f**k, so they could use that version."
We're learning so much about Zayn that we never knew.
He added that "Whenever I would suggest something, it was like it didn't fit us. There was just a general conception that the management already had of what they want for the band, and I just wasn't convinced with what we were selling. I wasn't 100 percent behind the music. It wasn't me."
Zayn continued: "It was music that was already given to us, and we were told this is what is going to sell to these people. As much as we were the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, it felt weird. We were told to be happy about something that we weren't happy about."
Turns out, Zayn was unhappy for quite some time, telling the mag: "I guess I just wanted to go home from the beginning. I was always thinking it. I just didn't know when I was going to do it. Then by the time I decided to go, it just felt right on that day. I woke up on that morning, if I'm being completely honest with you, and was like, 'I need to go home. I just need to be me now, because I've had enough.'"
While he's busy working on his own music, he says that One Direction is "not music that I would listen to." He added, "As much as I was in that band, and I loved everything that we did, that's not music that I would listen to. I don't think that's an offensive statement to make. That's just not who I am."
Brutally honest, but we're loving this insider information about what it was like for Zayn to be a part of 1D.
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