Zayn Malik Covers ELLE / Talks Solo Career & Leaving 1D

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Zayn Malik is looking all sorts of smouldering on the cover of ELLE UK’s September issue. Within its inner pages, the former One Direction star shares on everything; from his  foray into solo stardom, his reasons for leaving the band, coming across distant, and his relationship to supermodel Gigi Hadid.
Pics and quotes await after the jump…

On his solo career and love of music: ‘My entire life has changed in the last year. I’m still taking it all in. I’ve found so much out about myself. Mostly how in love with music I still was. The album is a build up of six years and never being able to express what I wanted to say. I had something to get off my chest.’

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On his decision to leave One Direction: ‘At that time in my life I felt I had done everything I could do there and I just needed to change it up. It didn’t feel brave. I just don’t have it in me to feel fully secure in anything I do. I always strive towards something better. It’s why I think sometimes I come across the wrong way, a bit distant. I’m just stressed out trying to control how I’m perceived. I think about things a lot.’

On his relationship with his mum and sisters: ‘I enjoyed the womanly influence. I have a lot of respect for women because of them. They are so strong, powerful and do everything themselves…’

On his relationship with model Gigi Hadid: ‘She’s super intelligent, I think that’s why it works so well. And we do the same type of job so we get that with each other.’

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On the negatives of social media: ‘As much as social networking is a big thing now, there’s something to be said about having something real, if I had a choice I would take the camera off everyone’s iPhone and make sure we didn’t have Twitter or Facebook. It affects art form. There’s something to be said about living in the moment. I try to keep my phone for calls.’

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There’s no denying that Zayn is booking these high-profile promotional slots. It remains to be seen, though, whether he can leverage this momentum towards the advancement of his solo career.

‘Pillow Talk’ – as one of the year’s top selling singles – was as epic a start as it gets. Yet, the uncertainty surrounding his live showings (even from himself) make one wonder what the future holds. Especially in an industry where touring is the primary means of both sustaining and making it rain.

‘Mind of Mine,‘ Malik’s debut album, is in stores now.

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  1. #JACKIE July 28, 2016

    I’m foaming at the mouth!

  2. HailLegendBeysus July 28, 2016

    What beautiful human being! ????

  3. Ughhh July 28, 2016

    I am in love with this boy! ??? His music, his voice, his look; god damn! That GiGi bîtch is lucky.

    • Jamie July 28, 2016

      But she is killing his career too.

  4. Suicide Blonde July 28, 2016

    I’m not criticizing his looks but I don’t get his appeal, I don’t find him to be even remotely attractive, beauty is really in the eyes of the beholder.

    • Jamie July 28, 2016

      You probably go for the Marilyn Manson type huh?

      Boy, Zayn is the cutest thing since a baby golden retriever.

  5. Credits July 28, 2016

    He should have closed his mouth for the cover, how rude! Lol

  6. Bitchpleaseeee July 28, 2016

    This man should leave the music industry cuz he’s not cut out to be a solo star which is why he was placed in a group in the first place. I really at all don’t see him as the hardworking for certain. I can definitely see him cracking the modelling industry though. I mean he has the looks and fame to go with not to mention social media followers. Oh let me grab my bib cuz my tshirt is getting soaked from drooling??❤️

  7. Grapejuice fan July 28, 2016

    If he doesn’t start performing live he will be in for a rude awakening,get it together.

  8. Coolness July 28, 2016

    If he was several inches taller and with less tattoos, I could see him becoming a legit model. He’s gorgeous. I think it’s cute that Zayn is able to book these really high-profile magazine covers but none of that has really parlayed into more commercial success for him. I honestly believe Pillowtalk’s initial success was driven by hype because the song was knocked down from the top spot as quickly as it got there. I know he suffers from anxiety which can be debilitating for a performer but his team’s focus has been on everything but the music. His debut has so much potential. Wish he’d promote that more – even if it means doing so on a smaller scale to ease him into the rigours of being a pop star.

  9. Yeee July 28, 2016

    I’m surprised I didn’t see any comments where people want to f*** him

  10. Music103 July 28, 2016

    Zayn stays on magazine covers and not releasing new music videos and music.

    Why doesn’t he just become a model then, clearly he can’t handle the stage due to nerves and doesn’t overall like it more than this line of work.

    Album two should be due this Fall. Yeah clearly # 1 is void of many other hit singles. IDK why he didn’t release “She”

  11. ow Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timely Ukuyikiji July 29, 2016

    He looks nice

  12. StarXavi July 29, 2016

    ZADDY!!!!

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