Zayn Malik reveals he left One Direction because he was sick of sounding 'generic as f***'
Zayn Malik has opened up about why he left One Direction in March after five years.
The 22-year-old has revealed his frustration about the kind of music they were recording and how he was unhappy in the band.
"There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band," he told The Fader.
"If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as f**k, so they could use that version."
He added that his suggestions were ignored and he wasn't fully behind the music he was creating with fellow band members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.
"Whenever I would suggest something, it was like it didn't fit us," he said.
"There was just a general conception that the management already had of what they want for the band, and I just wasn't convinced with what we were selling. I wasn't 100% behind the music. It wasn't me.
"It was music that was already given to us, and we were told this is what is going to sell to these people."
He also implied, he wasn't the only one who was not happy with the situation.
"As much as we were the biggest, most famous boyband in the world, it felt weird. We were told to be happy about something that we weren't happy about."
One Direction have just released their fifth album, Made in the AM ahead of breaking up next March for a two-year haitus.
For Zayn, he said that being the biggest band lost it's appeal for him.
"A big part of why I left the band is I made the realisation that it wasn't actually about [being the biggest] anymore," she said.
"It wasn't about the amount of ticket sales that I get. It was more about the people that I reach.
"I want to reach them in the right way, and I want them to believe what I'm saying. I've done enough in terms of financial backing for me to live comfortably. I just want to make music now.
"If people want to listen to that, then I'm happy. If they don't want to listen to it, then don't f**king listen to it. I'm cool with that too. I've got enough. I don't need you to buy it on a mass scale for me to feel satisfied."
Check out the full interview and preview of Zayn's first solo single Befour here: