Zayn Malik has given his first interview since his sudden departure from One Direction.
The 22-year-old shocked fans when he announced he was quitting the group earlier this week. Since then, his former bandmates have spoken out via Twitter and now, Zayn himself has broken his silence about why he chose to leave the band.
He tells The Sun, “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad… but at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life… and I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.
“You know, I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness… and that was mainly for the fans. I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them.
“And basically, I’m only upset (because) I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way… That’s the main thing I don’t want to happen… It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”
Zayn also adds that his former bandmates and fiancee Perrie Edwards support his decision saying, “My band has been really supportive. They’ve been cool about it… and they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore.” Regarding Edwards, the singer simply says, “She’s always supportive”.
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