Zayn Malik Gives an Interview to The Sun

He wasn’t happy for a while.

Zayn Malik spoke to Dan Wootton, The Sun’s Head of Showbiz, over the phone just 6 hours after leaving the world’s biggest band. The Sun’s content is behind a paywall, but now everything can be found all over the internet, including the audio of the interview. Listen HERE. You can read the interview HERE.

Transcript by 17 black:

Dan Wootton: Hey Zayn, how are you, man?

Zayn Malik: Um…yeah, interesting. I’m feeling quite interesting, let’s go with that.

DW: It must have been a nightmare of a week for you.

ZM: Um…ish, yeah. You know at the same time, it’s crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I’ve never felt more in control. I feel like I’m doing what’s right, right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.

DW: Absolutely, and so what’s the plan?

ZM: Just to kind of be myself for a bit. Um, I think I’m just gonna write and relax and chill.

DW: How’s Perrie?

ZM: Eh, she’s alright, man. She’s a good girl.

DW: What does she think about it? Was she supportive or was she saying, “Look, give it another go”?

ZM: Yeah, she’s always supportive. She’s always good, man.

DW: What is your message that you’re wanting people to know?

ZM: My main message is 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 the fans, and, and I only ever tried to do it for the fans. And it was only every for them, and basically I’m only upset because I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way and that’s the main thing that I don’t want to happen. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I can’t do that anymore. It’s not real to me.

DW: So you reckon the other four are in it for the long haul?

ZM: Yeah definitely, and when I was there as well we were all—it was not contingencies, y’know what I mean, it was always just doing what we were doing and that’s why it’s been really good for me, because I feel it’s been a bit different to what other bands are broken up by when a member’s left, or whatever. My band’s been really supportive, they’ve been really cool about it and they, they understand that, y’know it’s not real to me anymore. They still wanna do it for a while so they’re gonna carry on doing what they wanna do and I think they’re gonna do okay for a while. I think they’ll be cool.

Meanwhile, the remaining 4 boys took to Twitter:

One Direction’s tour continues tomorrow in South Africa.

The media has been covering Zayn’s departure from One Direction extensively. I’m going to list some articles from Billboard and Daily Mail here.


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For One Direction, A Clean Break From Zayn Was the Right Move

One Direction’s Remaining Members Break Twitter Silence After Zayn Malik’s Exit

Zayn Malik Breaks Silence After Exiting One Direction

Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Zayn Malik QUITS One Direction after five years… leaving Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis to continue as a four-piece

Zayn Malik CRIES on stage during emotional final performance with One Direction

Story of my life! The highs and lows of Zayn Malik’s journey from shy teenager on The X Factor to chart-topping heartthrob in the world’s biggest boyband

‘It’s been a long and strange 24 hours’: Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall finally break their social media silence after Zayn Malik’s shock exit from One Direction

‘This week has been the worst of times’: Liam Payne shares heartfelt message to One Direction fans after Zayn Malik’s shock departure

Hysterical One Direction fans spark self-harming fears as disturbing hashtag trends on Twitter after Malik quits

Louis Walsh hints Perrie Edwards could be to blame for Zayn Malik’s One Direction departure as he reveals the ‘dark side’ of living in the ‘bubble’ of superstardom

Zayn Malik looks pensive in back seat of chauffeur driven limo as he is spotted for the first time since QUITTING One Direction

Zayn Malik keeps his head down and smokes a cigarette as he arrives at a studio in London after announcing he has quit One Direction

Zayn Malik confirms he WILL embark on a solo career… after leaving One Direction to be a ‘normal 22-year-old out of the spotlight’

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