ZAYN Covers GQ / Says “I Don’t Want To Be A Star”

Published: Monday 18th Jun 2018 by Sam

Cop a gander of Zayn Malik a-front of GQ!

The former One Direction staple is aiming to cement his solo status with his upcoming sophomore album, which features production from the likes of Timbaland.

And while the success of debut offering ‘Pillowtalk’ saw him shoehorned onto the path of a Pop pin-up ala Justin Timberlake, Malik explains that’s not the trajectory he wants.

His words below…

“I don’t work well in group situations, with loads of people staring at me. And when you say a star everyone wants you to be this kind of character that owns a room or is overly arrogant or confident. I’m not that guy. So I don’t want to be a star.”

The piece points out that Zayn seems to be angling for the “anti-star” ethos of Prince, something another of his comments seems to be suggest:

“No (I don’t have any industry confidants). I don’t ever want to cross wires with other people too much. I just want to see the world through my eyes.” [Source]


Zayn’s approach is ultimately his decision, but he really needs to digest that he’s still very much in the show and prove phase and that the “rebel” angle only works if he adequately satisfies with his music and live performances – the latter of which he’s yet to do at all.

Yes, he’s been open about his struggles with anxiety. But the last uttered on that matter was that he felt much better and would be hitting the live circuit soon. And yet, per the videos below, he’s released several songs over the last year and has yet to promote any of them.

Put simply, the “anti” angle only truly works if he’s giving folk “something” to hook onto and that won’t happen if he doesn’t get out and about and earn authentic clout.

Pretty pictures will only carry him so far.

Your thoughts?

[Photo credit: Sebastian Mader]

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  1. Cory June 18, 2018

    So why are you on the cover of GQ and doing interviews and releasing music? Quit if you don’t want to be a star.

    • @KurtisLeeSinger June 18, 2018

      Exactly ?

  2. stan June 18, 2018

    his recent work is pretty good, imo

  3. NeuRoses 45 June 18, 2018

    Eh! It’s not by force.

  4. mr.m June 18, 2018

    smh.. he could’ve become the next JT… easily…….. just wasted.
    He will regret every single second 10 years from now or maybe shorter..
    when he become want he want now and nobody is going to check for his a**
    you will need that coin baby …. you’ll see 🙂

  5. SNF June 18, 2018

    On the cover of GQ tho, sis.

  6. Dee June 18, 2018

    I feel He wants to be a Sade type artist.
    Sade goes away from the Limelight and when she feels it’s time for her to make an album she’ll make an album do promo for it and then go away from all the cameras and media circus that comes with being an artist. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with that

    • Ropeburn June 18, 2018

      Your comparison with Sade is way off. She proved herself early on in her career in a way that Zayne never has. And even now she goes on tour when she has a project out. This boy won’t even do basic promo or perform live at a festival, award show or anything. If he thinks he’s so talented then he needs to come out from under the bed he’s hiding under and show us what he can do. Otherwise, he needs to just go walk a runway as a model.

  7. Fancy BISH June 18, 2018

    Malika, take this L smh

  8. Kevon June 18, 2018

    Boy go home .. you complain and still you doing this cover .. steww

  9. adam June 18, 2018

    Keep releasing s***** singles like the last two and you won’t have to worry about it.

  10. Teflon Boy June 18, 2018

    I mean.., their is a lane for that i.e. Frank Ocean, Sade, Maxwell etc. But as stated they put the time in musically and creactively before they could get away with such illusory behaviour. Malik is pretty much a model with a mic at this point. no one says you have to have a loud persona but he also doesn’t seem bright enough to give interesting interviews either. I wish him well on his journey, he has a lot to offer but he still seems to be figuring out what that is.

  11. justafan June 18, 2018

    “I don’t want to be a star” Covers GQ and every other cover….

  12. DanYiel Iman June 19, 2018

    I like his mystery & way he likes to be famous…

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