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Zayn’s revealing more about why he left One Direction and we’re heartbroken all over again

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We really didn’t want to have to do this to you all but we’re going back to that dreaded day. Yes, we’re talking about the day every Directioner tries to forget. The day Zayn Malik left the band. STAY STRONG, GUYS!

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Zayn recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Dazed magazine and it might just be his most revealing interview to date. He spoke in detail about his final weeks in the band, how he knew it was time to leave and how he felt “free” after doing so.

“I just knew it was my time. I knew I wanted to do something different and start expressing the way I felt about certain things.”

“I know that musicians are seen as one-sided people a lot of the time. But we do have other elements to us as well. I didn’t feel good (in One Direction)…You need to be able to express what it is that you are. I’m free at last.”

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Ok, we’re a little bit sad after reading this but we’ll be fine; we promise. Zayn also said the lack of creative control in the group was also part of his decision in leaving.

“I’m just trying to do more and more. I’m excited to get more involved in every way that I can. Whether it’s producing or the creative for my stage direction, I just want to get down to every detail. That’s my progression, learning my craft as a solo artist. I’m kind of itching a little bit. I want to work. I’ve learned over four or five years that it’s good to work because you’re earning, not spending.”

But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. Now that he’s got more creative control, he’s even started working on his NEXT album. Slow down a bit, Zayn!

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“I’m just trying to do more and more. I’m excited to get more involved in every way that I can. Whether it’s producing or the creative for my stage direction, I just want to get down to every detail. That’s my progression, learning my craft as a solo artist. I’m kind of itching a little bit. I want to work. I’ve learned over four or five years that it’s good to work because you’re earning, not spending.”

Good on you, Zayn. We’re glad you’re happy.

If this isn’t a good enough reason to check out Zayn’s latest interview, there’s lots of new photos for you to enjoy as well, shot by fashion photographer Collier Schorr.

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Directioners, we’re here for you. Join us @maximumpop if you’re feeling a little fragile and need to talk.

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