Zayn Malik’s Book ‘Zayn’: 10 Impressions Of Z And His Departure From One Direction

Kim McLendon - Author

Nov. 3 2016, Updated 2:25 a.m. ET

Zayn Malik’s book Zayn, at least at first glance, is a revelation, not of things that happened, or of things people did, but rather a look into Zayn’s heart. Malik didn’t spill about anybody’s dirty laundry, or try to make other people look bad. He just opened up about himself.

One Direction, Simon Cowell, and Perrie Edwards can all breathe a sigh of relief. No one got slammed. No one was slandered. Malik just laid his own heart on the line. The way Malik handled those potential situations is really nice.

1. Zayn Is A Really Expressive Writer

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Zayn Malik’s book, Zayn, is actually quite amazing from a literary perspective. For someone who never seems to interview well, Malik is incredible at expressing himself in print. In part, it could be because he opens up and lets the real Zayn out, but it is also because Malik is just as good a writer as he is a musician and graphic artist.

2. Zayn Malik Is An Artist

One Direction should have asked Zayn to design their album covers. The layout of Zayn is amazing. Malik is completely obsessive about visual arts and creativity in general. Zayn has to be working on something creative all the time.

Zayn Malik is compulsively creative and positively driven. Malik literally can’t help himself. It just happens and if Zayn can’t create, he just can’t deal with his life emotionally. Malik has been like that since he was a child. No artistic projects to be involved in meant Z would act out. Zayn explained in this passage, also quoted by the Daily Beast.

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“Labeling a kid ADHD, or whatever, can help identify solutions for some, but it can have a negative effect on others. With hindsight, I think my hyperactive-type personality stemmed from the fact that I couldn’t find anything creative to get passionate about.”

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Zayn Malik is quite talented. The book Zayn is gorgeous and heavily illustrated. If Malik weren’t a musician, he could have been a writer or a graphic designer.

3. Zayn Malik Is A Gentleman

Gentlemen do not kiss and tell, or a least that is a platitude that grandparents still use, but apparently it is one that Zayn also holds dear. There are not any sexually explicit discussions about Gigi or Perrie. There aren’t any angry rants about anything either girl did either.

Gigi Hadid isn’t mentioned at all. Malik doesn’t exploit their relationship to sell books, or make himself seem cooler. Zayn is about Z, not about Gigi or Perrie.

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Malik left One Direction and Perrie Edwards at about the same time. Zayn spends a lot of book space trying to explain his departure from the band, and virtually none discussing his break up with Perrie Edwards. The Daily Beast noted Malik only mentioned Perrie three times, and only in passing.

Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction and his break up with Perrie seem forever linked in Malik’s mind. The Inquisitr quotes one mention of Perrie Edwards, but it is only mentioned here in connection with his departure from 1D.

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“It was March 2015. I had been in a bad place for a while and I didn’t see myself getting out of it unless I made a change. My relationship with my fiancee, Perrie, was breaking down. To make matters worse, there were so many crazy stories flying around in the newspapers about us, and it felt like such an invasion of privacy, it made me just want to disappear for a while.”

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Though Zayn Malik had previously denied breaking up with Perrie by text, no one seems to believe him in the press, so why waste pages explaining further. Besides, it seems so much classier not to. Zayn took the high road on this one.

4. Zayn Malik Believes Women Are Very Wise

Zayn Malik appreciates women so much that he seems to believe they are almost supernaturally smart. Malik believes that women are naturally smarter and he says he trusts them more than men.

After One Direction, Zayn Malik put himself in the hands of a management company run entirely by women. He took great comfort in their guidance and trusted them with his career.

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“I always say, if you want a genuinely peaceful and intelligent solution to a problem, get a woman to solve it.”

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5. Zayn Malik Is So Vulnerable

One Direction took Zayn away from his home in Bradford, and into a whole new world. Zayn oozes vulnerability throughout the book. He seems innocent, open, and kind of naive as he describes the culture shock he experienced as a teenage heartthrob. In one passage quoted in the Daily Beast, he admits that he was terrified of flying for the first time.

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“I was really nervous about it, and it didn’t help when the boys thought it would be hilarious to convince me that the plane would do a loop-the-loop after we took off. I nearly s**t myself. Obviously they were just having a laugh.”

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One Direction was an amazing experience for Zayn Malik. He’s very clear about that, but something else comes through a lot more plainly. Zayn’s decision to leave 1D was instinctual and explaining it is hard for him.


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