Apparently things were never as rosy as they seemed in One Direction, even from the very beginning. Zayn Malik just revealed on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe that he’d never wanted to be in One Direction and staying in the band had never been a part of his plans.
“I think I always kind of wanted to go,” says Malik. “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 and then when I realized the direction we were going in with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I realized I couldn’t put any input in; I couldn’t give my opinion on this or that because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were as a band or what we represented. So that’s when it became frustrating for me, that’s when I had to be like, I’ve got to start thinking about myself.”
So now a little light has been shed on the situation! And as anyone who has worked with a group on anything, from projects in school to presentations at work to making art, it can be really frustrating when you feel that your vision of what you want to build together is not the same as everyone else’s.
And if you watch the video below, you’ll see that there wasn’t any real bad blood between Zayn and his former bandmates, just different visions: