Ever since Zayn Malik left One Direction, he’s been pretty quiet about the reasons behind his exit and how he felt as a member of the group. But now, in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the former band member has admitted it: “I never really wanted to be there.”
“I think I always wanted to go, from the first year. I never really wanted to be there, like, in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time and then when I realised the direction we were going in -– mind the pun –- with the music, I instantly realised it wasn’t for me.
“I realised I couldn’t put any input in, I couldn’t give my opinion on this or not, because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were as a band and what we represented. That’s when it became frustrating for me.”