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Former One Direction star Zayn Malik is set to release his autobiography next month – and in the latest extract to be released, which you can read right here, he talks about how much of an influence The Beatles have been on his own music
The autobiography, titled Zayn, is set for release on November 1, and the Pillowtalk hitmaker, in an extract published on The Fader, reveals how he’d been regularly listening to the Fab Four while making his debut album, Mind of Mine.
“I’d been listening to a lot of tracks by the Beatles when I was working on it,” Malik writes. “I had really got into some of their more psychedelic stuff, like ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ from the 1967 album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The piano chords at the start of ‘Fool for You,’ and the guitars, were inspired by the Beatles’ sound… I like to draw on the influence of all sorts of music and artists.”
Malik admitted recently that he had wanted to quit One Direction for some time. “I think I always kind of wanted to go. From like the first year really, I never really wanted to be there in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time,” he said.
The singer also said recently 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.”