Whoa. In a new interview, Zayn Malik drops a major bombshell about the restrictions forced on him and the guys in One Direction: they weren’t allowed to grow beards!
Zayn Malik, 23, is opening up about what life was like as part of a world-dominating boyband, and unfortunately it wasn’t all roses. Inside his revealing new cover story for Complex magazine, Zayn admits that one of the hardest parts about being in One Direction was that he wasn’t allowed to be himself, especially when it came down to something as trivial as his facial hair.
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Did you know that One Direction had some very strict rules about their appearance? Well, they did… and for the first time, Zayn is really opening up about some of the things he and the guys were not allowed to do while a part of the group. One of those things? Believe it or not, Zayn says they weren’t allowed to have beards. To hear more about One Direction, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
When asked what sort of restrictions he faced in 1D, Zayn said: “Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn’t allowed to keep it. Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it, and decided to keep it anyway. That was just because I looked older than the rest of them. That’s one of the things that is now quite cool. I get to keep my beard. I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn’t allowed to.”
As the interview continues, Zayn also reveals that he unintentionally became the “mysterious” one solely because the other guys had much more outgoing personalities than he did. He calls being mysterious a “stigma,” but also explains that he never felt like he had anything to say because he didn’t have anything to do with their creative process.
“I didn’t feel like I was going to say anything about it anyway. Now I get to talk about what I’m passionate about — it’s nice to have the chance to speak,” Zayn tells Complex. He also shared that he finds success way less important than the chance to be “real.” Well said, Z!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU think it’s crazy that Zayn wasn’t allowed to have a beard in 1D? Comment below with why or why not!