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Zayn Malik Sits Down For An Interview After 6 Years, Talks About The Actual Reason He Left ‘One Direction’

In 2015, singer Zayn Malik shocked the world when he announced that he was leaving the popular boyband One Direction. The news came as a surprise to many fans, who had been following the group since their formation on The X Factor in 2010. Now, in a rare and recent podcast appearance, he reveals the real reason on why he left the group!

Why did Zayn Malik leave ‘One Direction’?

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The former One Direction member, who formed the group with bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson in 2010, recently revealed that he knew the exact moment he needed to step away from the band, five years after their debut. “There was a lot of—look I don’t want to go into too much detail, but there was a lot of politics going on,” Zayn Malik began during the July 12 episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast with host Alex Cooper. “Certain people were doing certain things, certain people didn’t want to sign contracts, so I knew something was happening, so I just got ahead of the curve. I was like, ‘I’m just going to get out of here. I think this is done.'”

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“We’ve been together every day for five years and we’ve got sick of each other, if I’m being completely honest. We were close. We done crazy things with each other that nobody else in the world will ever understand or have those experiences that we’ve shared with each other, and I look back on it now in a much fonder light than I would’ve as I just left. There were great experiences, I had great times with them, but yeah, we just run our course.”

Zayn Mailk

Is there another reason Malik left the band for good?

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Aside from claiming that he and the other bandmates got “sick of each other,” Zayn reveals more insight into his hard decision to leave the famous band. According to himself, Malik may be a very “passive” person in most aspects of his life, but when it comes to music, he’s anything but. The dad to daughter Khai, 2 (with ex Gigi Hadid), needed to express himself creatively, and he mentions feeling like he was being stifled in One Direction. The 30-year-old explained that he was more than ready to take charge of his own career and pursue his own musical vision, which was another reason he took off from the band. “I completely selfishly wanted to be the first person to go and make my own record, if I’m being completely honest with you,” the Dusk till Dawn singer said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to jump the gun here for the first time.'”

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“I’m serious about it and I’m competitive, so I wanted to be the first to go and do my own thing. That was the reason—and then there was obviously underlying issues, like within our friendships too.”

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