Zayn Malik discusses everything from One Direction to Gigi Hadid in a brand new interview for the July issue of GQ.
Malik, 25, who has been open about his struggles with anxiety and fame, insists he shouldn’t have to put a label on anything just yet when asked about his relationship with supermodel Hadid, 23.
He gushes, “I’m really thankful that I met her… We’re adults. We don’t need to put a label on it, make it something for people’s expectations.
“I had a very negative outlook on things [while recording my first solo album]. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the f**k was running through my body at the time. She’s helped me to look at things from a positive angle.”
The pair were recently spotted kissing despite both confirming their split on social media mid-March.
Malik, who quit One Direction in 2015 after finding fame on the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2010, says that he’s not a big fan of the showbiz industry, as such.
“I don’t work well in group situations, with loads of people staring at me. And when you say ‘star’… everyone wants you to be this kind of character that owns a room or is overly arrogant or confident. I’m not that guy. So I don’t want to be a star.”
Despite this though, he understands that being papped is all part of the job: “That’s my promo. I come outside, they take photos. They stay outside and do all the work! You can get p**sed off about it, and be like, ‘Yo, this is a hindrance on my life,’ or you can use it for your own benefit and be like, ‘Well, if they’re going to take the photos, then let them.’”
Malik’s tell-all interview also sees him discuss life after 1D, insisting that things got a little too much for him living in Los Angeles.
The “Pillowtalk” hitmaker, who is now living in New York, explains: “I didn’t really, like, make any friends from the band. I just didn’t do it. It’s not something that I’m afraid to say.”
He says that he fell in with a crowd of “producers, musicians, tailors, stylists, managers. Them kind of things.”
Malik adds: “It got too crazy. I just got too much into the party scene. Just going out all the time. And I was too distracted.”