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Producer Naughty Boy says Zayn Malik will release debut solo single early next year

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Published 04/07/2015 | 10:46

Singer Zayn Malik attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Singer Zayn Malik attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Zayn Malik attends the 22/4_Hommes Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week>> on June 24, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and mother Trisha attending the 2015 British Asian Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Credit: Doug Peters/PA Wire
Naughty Boy onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.
Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction as Malik has left the band said in a statement

Zayn Malik is hoping to release new music next year, according to Naughty Boy.

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The producer is a close friend of the former One Direction singer, who stunned fans when he quit the boyband back in March.

Shortly after his shock exit, Zayn was seen with Naughty Boy amid reports they were working on tracks together.

However, the musician says he had just been there for Zayn as a friend, and they weren’t collaborating at that time.

Zayn Malik attends the 22/4_Hommes Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week>> on June 24, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik attends the 22/4_Hommes Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week>> on June 24, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

"I was there for my friend and in this business it is not the easiest thing to make genuine friends," he told BBC Newsbeat.

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"During that time we weren't making music, we have made music in the past. The world will hear the music but when he is ready and when the fans are ready.

"This year I want to get back to business as usual and when Zayn's ready, probably next year for his music, I'm there for him."

Naughty Boy onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.
Naughty Boy onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.

Following Zayn’s departure from the chart-topping band, it was reported that his fiancée, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, may have been behind his choice.

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And in the interview, Naughty Boy said Zayn’s intention was to spend time with his family and friends as a “normal” young man.

"For him it was important to just go quiet for a little while and when he is ready to talk he will," he said.

Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction as Malik has left the band said in a statement
Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction as Malik has left the band said in a statement

"I think there should be a bit of respect for that but also at the same time I can understand why the fans were upset.

"Sometimes you get caught up in something, bit like a circus but you are not really part of it."

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