Singer strongly hints that his exit statement was crafted by lawyers.
Zayn Malik has suggested he didn’t write the statement he shared with fans when he left One Direction.
“I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” the singer was quoted as saying when he parted ways with the group in March 2015.
However, when the Evening Standard read this quote back to him during a new interview, Malik replied: “I’m going to ask you a question now — do you think I wrote that? Like, look how it’s worded. I’m not a 35-year-old lawyer. I don’t write like that.”
Asked what advice he would give his pre-fame, 17-year-old self, Mailk said: “Don’t do it. I would say: ‘Do your research and be a bit more prepared about certain situations before you make a decision.'”
“I would’ve waited a couple more extra years [to sign a record deal],” Malik added later in the interview. “Just so I had that time to just get my head around being a famous person. I’ve never been able to have, what’s the word? Anonymity. If I could go back, I’d have a few more years of anonymity.”
In his new book Zayn, out this week through Penguin Random House, Malik also speaks candidly about struggling with eating disorders while he was a member of One Direction.
The first published excerpt from the book detailed how his solo career allowed the 23-year-old “to sing about a subject that I hadn’t really been able to go near while I was in One Direction: sex.”