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Zayn Malik never wanted to be part of One Direction. “I think I always wanted to go, from like the first year, really. I never really wanted to be there, like in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time, and when I realized the direction we were going in—mind the pun—with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me, because I realized I couldn’t put any input in,” he told Zane Lowe for the Apple Music’s Beats 1 . But don’t think he hated the entire experience…there were happy times during his year with One Direction, but don’t think he’ll ever sing 1D songs again. “That was amazing. I did that for five years, enjoyed it. We had some of the best times ever. This is something that is for me,” he said while talking about going solo and separating himself from the 1D music.
The group was famously created during a season of UK’s X Factor,but Malik never felt he could speak up. “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 straight for me, that’s when I had to be like I’ve got to start thinking about myself. So I was always just writing anyway, even when I was in the band. It wasn’t something that I had to think about and process information. I just always knew.”
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