Zayn Malik talks about ‘dirty and raw’ sex on new single ‘Pillow Talk’

"Everybody has sex, and it’s something people want to hear about," says former One Direction member

Zayn Malik has said that his debut solo single ‘Pillow Talk’ is about “dirty and raw” sex.

Malik will release ‘Pillow Talk’, his first solo material since leaving One Direction last year, on Friday (January 29). He will also appear on The Graham Norton Show that same night.

Speaking to The Times about his new material, which promises to be more adult than his days in One Direction, Malik said: “Everybody has sex, and it’s something people want to hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life! And you don’t want to sweep it under the carpet. It has to be talked about.”


Elsewhere in the interview, Malik said he’d be open to a One Direction reunion one day in the future. “If the time was right and that was the thing to do, then I would make that decision when it came around,” he said.


Malik, who had originally planned to read English at university, also suggested that he will seek to continue his education as “something that is only, solely for me, you know what I mean?”

This is in order to make sure his children get a better education than he was afforded. “When my kids ask me, in the future, and I try to tell them to go to school, they can’t turn around and say to me, ‘Fuck off, Dad, you were in a band!’ I can turn around and say, ‘Excuse me, I went back to school and got my degree. So you definitely have to do your schoolwork!”‘

Malik quit One Direction, who are currently on an extended hiatus, in March 2015 and is now embarking on a solo career. Since his departure he has hinted at tension between himself and other members of the band, saying only Liam Payne has kept in touch with him.

Malik previously described the boy band’s music as “generic as fuck” and claimed he would be embarrassed to play their music around girls.

Following his One Direction exit, Malik signed a solo deal with RCA and has been offered guidance by 50 Cent and collaborations with Odd Future man Tyler, The Creator.