Zayn Malik says he left One Direction to make ‘real music’

Former boy band member has signed a new record deal with RCA, home of Foo Fighters

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has announced that he’s signed a new record deal with RCA Records, further detailing plans for his upcoming solo career.

Malik quit pop group One Direction in March, stating that he wishes to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.

However, Malik has now confirmed that he’s inked a solo deal with the same imprint as Foo Fighters, A$AP Rocky and Miley Cyrus.


The singer wrote on Twitter: “I guess I never explained why I left , it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #REALME”.

See those tweets below.

Malik was recently pictured working in the studio with R&B producer Malay, who has teamed up with the likes of Frank Ocean, Angel Haze, John Legend and Tune-Yards in the past.

It has also been reported by Billboard that Malik has penned a deal with Turn First Artists, the management company who represent Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and more.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher recently labelled Zayn Malik a “fucking idiot” for quitting One Direction.


Gallagher said: “It’s a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age… Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?! Hang on a minute. You can be fucking anything that moves and gettin’ paid half a million dollars a week, you fuckin’ idiot. You want to be a normal 22-year-old? Have you met any normal 22-year-olds? They’re fuckin’ shit-for-brains. What are you talking about, you fuckin’ idiot?”

He continued: “You might have wanted to be a normal 22-year-old, but you won’t want to be a normal 25-year-old “.