Singer also criticises boyband's current music
Zayn Malik has revealed he is no longer on speaking terms with his former bandmates in One Direction.
The singer quit the boyband last March and despite trying to keep in touch with them, he claims he has been cut off.
“I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people,” he said. “I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. Certain people have pride issues, but it’s stuff you overcome in time.”
He went on to say has never even listened to their 2015 album ‘Made In The AM’ and he criticised recent single ‘Perfect’.
Malik told Billboard: “I’ll be honest. I thought the first single was quite cool. I heard the second single and [he screws up his face], yeah, I didn’t buy the album.”
He continued: “I genuinely enjoyed [the band] and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it’s just not where I sit as a –musician. The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t fuck with it. That was never cool where I was from.”
The singer claims that they were never allowed to have any input into the songs, adding: “We weren’t allowed to say certain things, or word [lyrics] the way we would want to.
“I’d sit and wonder, ‘If the fans knew how it worked, what would they think?’ My argument was: ‘People are more intelligent than that. They want to hear what’s real, so why don’t we write some stuff that we’re actually going through?’”
Malik previously described the boy band’s music as “generic as fuck”.