If you’ve been holding out for a One Direction reunion, you may be disappointed to learn that Zayn Malik hasn’t even talked to any of his former bandmates Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson “for a long time.”
Zayn made the revelation in an interview with British Vogue, where he’s featured on the cover of the December 2018 issue. More specifically, Zayn said, “I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left… Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”
Zayn left One Direction in 2015 after five years with the band. Apparently, he was never really friends with Styles, Horan, Payne or Tomlinson to begin with. When asked if he walked away without having made a single friend, Zayn said, “Yeah. I have always been a bit like that, though — always a bit of an island. I don’t like to confer with too many people.”
At the end of the day, Zayn told British Vogue that the band’s fast track to fame and intense schedules affected each of them differently.
“We went from theatres, to arenas, to stadiums – there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom,” Zayn said. “I guess that kind of progression to any mind – but especially when you’re 17, 18 – it kind of effects you a little bit. People take it different ways – especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart.”
Everything Zayn said definitely makes sense, but it doesn’t make it any less sad for diehard Directioners.
On a more positive note, Zayn also told British Vogue about his relationship with Gigi Hadid. The couple briefly split earlier this year after two years together, but now seem to be stronger than ever.
“Everything is great,” Zayn said, later adding that he leans on her “a lot.”