Zayn Malik Covers ‘Fader,’ Talks Leaving One Direction & His Next Solo Career Move

Bianca Gracie | November 17, 2015 6:07 pm
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Zayn Malik has kept mum when it comes to self-promotion ever since signing to RCA Records back in July. But now, the artist is ready to kick his newly reformed solo status into full gear by covering the December issue of The Fader.

The UK singer looks completely and confident (and sometimes shirtless) in the Francesco Nazardo-photographed editorial as he shows off his new blonde-tipped ‘do and motorcycle. For the interview, Zayn reveals why he decided to depart One Direction: “I was always thinking it. I just didn’t know when I was going to do it. Then by the time I decided to go, it just felt right on that day. I woke up on that morning, if I’m being completely honest with you, and was like, ‘I need to go home. I just need to be me now, because I’ve had enough’.”

He also discusses a lack of creative freedom when recording with the boys. “There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version,” Zayn stated.

Click here to check out Zayn’s full interview (where he talks that Twitter spat with Louis Tomlinson) and photos over at The Fader, and head below to hear an instrumental snippet of his “Befour” single.

[via The FADER]

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