As Zayn Malik makes his own way from One Direction, he recently revealed how it really was for him as a band member. Apparently, it was not a good experience for him, ultimately forcing him to pursue a solo career instead. It was because he was not allowed to have fun with his hair and beard.
In an interview with “Complex” magazine, the 23-year-old English singer admitted that a number of hair restrictions were reportedly imposed on them, which suppressed his identity. “It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it,” he shared. “That was always there. It was one of the things that wasn’t going to go away, so I had to go away.”
Malik, who was with One Direction since it was formed in 2010, further disclosed that he was even restricted to have the hairstyle he is donning these days. His beard was reportedly another issue. “There were certain restrictions in terms of the way that we could come outside of that young teen boy look,” he said. “Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn’t allowed to keep it.”
The “Pillow Talk” singer added that he tried rebelling the older he became. “Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it, and decided to keep it anyway. That was just because I looked older than the rest of them.”
As he decided to go solo and leave One Direction behind, Zayn Malik noted that he is finally free to keep such styles. “That’s one of the things that is now quite cool,” the crooner admitted. “I get to keep my beard. I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn’t allowed to.”
Speaking with NME, Malik shared that he and the remaining One Direction members are not so close anymore. He said he tried reaching out but was ignored. He said Liam Payne was the only one he was able to talk to after he left the group.
“I’m still probably the closest to Liam,” he said. “We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single, which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award. It was a good chat. We haven’t met up in a long time so we want to meet up.”