In what must be a move to p*ss off his ever so devoted fans, Zayn Malik has said that if he could go back in time he probably wouldn’t have joined One Direction.
The Pillow Talk star, who quit the group in March 2015, was asked in a new interview what he would tell his younger self if he had a second chance – and he said: “Don’t do it!”
Yes – legit!
“I would say: ‘Do your research and be a bit more prepared about certain situations before you make a decision'”.
The Bradford-born cutie went on to say that entering a show like The X Factor was more daunting than he first thought: “I was very ignorant at 17 — blind beyond my years,” he told ES magazine. “I thought going on X Factor meant you won a million pounds and got a contract at the end of it.
“And I was like: ‘Shit. All my problems are solved. I win a million pounds and that’s it. Simple.’ But you don’t think about everything else that goes with it. You’re only 17, your dreams are immature. You see what you want.”
Zayn did, however, say that he was “super thankful” for everything he has achieved due to being a 1D member, but says he wished he’d have waited a couple of more years to join so he could learn to deal with being one of the most famous men in the world.
“I’ve never been able to have, what’s the word? Anonymity. If I could go back, I’d have a few more years of anonymity.”
The handsome singer songwriter also revealed that the statement that was released when he left the band in 2015 which stated he wanted to be a “normal 22-year-old”, had had nothing to do with him.
“I’m going to ask you a question now,” he told ES’s reporter in the new interview. “Do you think I wrote that? Like, look how it’s worded. I’m not a 35-year-old lawyer. I don’t write like that.”
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, out now.