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Zayn Malik’s First Interview Since Leaving One Direction: ‘It Wasn’t The Real Me’

Fri, March 27, 2015 7:21am EDT by Avery Thompson 26 Comments

Zayn is ready to break his silence. The singer revealed in his first interview since leaving One Direction that he hadn’t been happy for awhile and being a part of the band wasn’t the ‘real me.’

Zayn Malik, 22, knows he has let fans down but leaving One Direction was a decision he had to make. The singer spoke out for the first time with The Sun’s Dan Wootton after quitting the global phenomenon known as 1D. Zayn admitted that the fame and everything associated with the band wasn’t “real to me anymore.” has all the details straight from his interview.

Zayn Malik Interview: Breaks Silence About Leaving One Direction

“I feel like I’ve let the fans down, but I can’t do this anymore,” he told The Sun, according to People. “It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not the real me.”

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It was pretty much inevitable that Zayn would leave One Direction. “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people’s happiness,” he said. 

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However, don’t think Zayn is feeling guilty due to the millions of heartbroken 1D fans around the globe. “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad,” Zayn continued. “But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right — right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”

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Despite the reports that Zayn’s quitting caused a rift between his bandmates, Zayn assured fans the boys have his back. “My band has been really supportive,” he said in the interview. “They’ve been cool about it. And they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore.” has reached out for comment.

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Since the news broke on March 25, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have all spoken out on Twitter. Harry sent his love while Louis and Niall promised the “best music” is yet to come.

Liam wrote a heartfelt message to One Direction fans everywhere on Twitlonger. He admitted that the remaining boys were “deeply saddened” by Zayn’s departure, but he will always be one of their best friends. He confessed the One Direction had become so much bigger than each of them. He asked fans to stay strong and keep their faith in One Direction.

HollywoodLifers, are you proud of Zayn for leaving the band? Do you think he’ll be happy? Let us know.

— Avery Thompson