Zayn Malik was known as the "mysterious" one while he was in One Direction, and it seems as though he's kept that title even after he left.
But on Tuesday, Fader published the 22-year-old's first major interview since quitting the boy band. And during the lengthy sit-down, the UK native decided to clear the air about a lot of the recent decisions in his life.
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The solo artist explained that his choice to leave the guy group wasn't a malicious one.
Although he initially said he just wanted to be "normal," now the heartthrob has confessed that he just wasn't happy in the boy band, saying:
"There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as f*ck, so they could use that version."
The X Factor alum also admitted that the songs he was recording didn't fit the style he enjoys, saying:
"I wasn't 100 percent behind the music. It wasn't me. It was music that was already given to us, and we were told this is what is going to sell to these people. As much as we were the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, it felt weird. We were told to be happy about something that we weren't happy about."
That makes sense, especially since in the past Liam Payne had said that the band's pop sound wasn't Zayn's "sort of music."
When the singer finally decided to leave, he revealed that it was somewhat of a spontaneous decision, explaining: