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Zayn Malik, 'Free at Last,' Talks About Why he Quit One Direction

"I know that musicians are seen as one-sided people a lot of the time. But we do have other elements to us as well. I didn't feel good. Do you know what I mean? And if you don't feel good, you need to be able to express what it is that you are. I'm free at last," said Zayn

  | June 15, 2016 18:56 IST (London)
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Highlights

  • I knew I wanted to do something different, said Zayn Malik
  • Zayn says you need to be able to express what it is that you are
  • It was nerve-wracking but it worked out for the best, he said
Singer Zayn Malik, who quit One Direction early last year, says he "knew it was his time" to exit the chart-topping boy band, he told Dazed magazine.
The Pillowtalk hitmaker felt it was the right decision and now feels "free at last."
"I just knew it was my time. I knew I wanted to do something different and start expressing the way I felt about certain things," said Zayn.
"I know that musicians are seen as one-sided people a lot of the time. But we do have other elements to us as well. I didn't feel good. Do you know what I mean? And if you don't feel good, you need to be able to express what it is that you are. I'm free at last," he added.
The 23-year-old singer was a little nervous about how his young fans would react to his new music and expected them to "freak out."
"I didn't know what to expect. I wanted to make that statement, that this was something completely separate from whatever was out there before. I kind of expected the fans that followed me before to be a bit freaked out by it," he said.
"It was nerve-wracking for me but it worked out for the best, because people started listening to it in a more mature context," he added.

 
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