THE 23-year-old singer and songwriter Zayn Malik needed “time away” when he was in One Direction and is much happier being a solo artist.
He said: “I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the minute. When I was in the band, there were times where I needed time away to go see my family and recollect my thoughts but right now, I feel like I have the time to process things. “I’m doing things in my own space, so it’s a good place to be in. I feel myself growing every day as a person, as we all do, just getting older and wiser hopefully.”
Zayn also opened up about his struggles with anxiety, saying he found writing his recently released book ‘Zayn’, therapeutic.
Speaking on ‘The Elvis Duran Show’, he said: “I feel like writing anything down is a little bit of a therapy process. It’s a way of alleviating your mind and getting it out there. For me, it was a little bit of that. I kind of enjoyed it. It was fun to reminisce on things and think about what was good and what was bad and make sense of it all. I didn’t have time to do that in the band.”
Zayn, who is dating model Gigi Hadid, 21, went on to praise his parents and the people of his hometown in Bradford, Leeds, for keeping him grounded.