Former One Direction star Zayn Malik says he is no longer on speaking terms with his former bandmates.
The 22-year-old singer, who quit the boyband last March, claimed that despite trying to stay in touch with old pals Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, he hasn’t had a reply.
“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,” said Malik, who is set to release his own solo material this year.
“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.”
He went on to say he has never even listened to their 2015 album Made In The AM and he criticised recent single Perfect.
In a new interview with Billboard, Malik said, “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.”
He continued: “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*ck with it. That was never cool where I was from.”
Malik claims that they were never allowed to have any input into the songs, adding: “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?’ My argument was: ‘People are more intelligent than that. They want to hear what’s real, so why don’t we write some stuff that we’re actually going through?’”
Malik previously described the boy band’s music as “generic as f*ck”.
Speaking about his own music, Malik said recently, “It’s a nice feeling to come out of a place where you are being told what to do and to behave a certain way, just because of certain expectations or certain things that people wanna see.
“It’s just all my perspective and that’s fully liberating.”