Zayn Malik and Harry Styles have gone their separate ways since Zayn left One Direction last March. Harry has also left the group as of January, but many fans remain unaware that the entire band has split up. While there seems to be an effort to conceal this fact on the part of ex-band members, many reliable sources confirm the split-up is real. Each member is finding their own path in the world, but Harry seems eager to follow Zayn's example.
Zayn Malik and Harry Styles fans have to be wondering what was wrong with the One Direction gig? Why would a successful band like One Direction split up? Was the publicity too much? Were One Direction members angry with each other? But none of this really seems to be the case. Zayn was recently quoted by Fuse TV, explaining his reasons for leaving the group.
"There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. 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. Whenever I would suggest something, it was like it didn't fit us. 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 percent behind the music. It wasn't me."
Zayn Malik has recently released a single, "Pillow Talk" and his album, Mind of Mine, is ready for release next month. Zayn spent a lot of time perfecting his new sound, in late night jam sessions with friends. Some of the music was released on YouTube, it was raw and unfinished, but fans went wild, so Zayn Malik moved forward with the album. The music is much more mature with plenty of adult language, sexy lyrics, and a soulful R&B sound.
Zayn Malik and Harry Styles have made a strong commitment to their music, and their future without One Direction.
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