He’s had some choice words to say about One Direction in the past, but Zayn Malik wants to make sure everybody knows that he looks back on his time in the group fondly. Check out an excerpt from his new book where he touches on the experience here!
Zayn Malik, 23, left One Direction after not being able to handle the restrictions placed on him as a member of the group — and he’s been open about not totally loving the experience as a member of the group. But in his tell-all autobiography, which drops Nov. 1, Zayn offers some new insight into his feelings…and it’ll give Directioners ALL the feels.
“I can honestly say I’m proud of a lot of stuff from the One Direction days,” he writes in the book. “I’m not sure people realize that, but I am. I’ve got the memorabilia — the platinum discs we received with every album — all over my house. I have a wall dedicated to displaying them. One Direction was an incredible experience in its own right, and it’s a part of me, and integral part of my history, and I’m never going to deny that aspect of my life.” He also gave a shoutout to the thousands of fans he’s gained from being in the group. “I can never thank them enough for the love and support they gave me during the good times and the bad,” he adds.
Zayn has publicly slammed One Direction since he left the group in March 2015, dishing on things like how he couldn’t sing about the subjects he wanted to, and how he wasn’t allowed to grow a beard, among other complaints. However, he clearly wouldn’t be where he is today without the boy band, and it’s good to know that he understands that.
Unfortunately, Z hasn’t stayed close with any of the guys since walking away, although he did reconnect with Liam Payne before dropping his solo album in March 2016. Maybe they’ll all see these nice comments and finally reconcile, though!?
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Zayn’s confession about One Direction? Do you think he’d ever possibly rejoin the group?