We’ve always thought of Zayn Malik as the dark horse in One Direction: Zayn quit One Direction first and never publicly reminisces about his time in the band. But it turns out he misses his five-year stint in 1D even less than we imagined. Malik admitted to British Vogue that he’s not friends with his bandmates now and never was.
He tried to explain the rigorous nature of the job as a sort of explanation for why he never formed any bonds with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, or Louis Tomlinson.
Malik also mentioned that he and Styles, in particular, rarely interacted during their time in the band.
We do think of Malik as a bit of a lone wolf—he admitted to GQ last year that he likes being alone on the farm he bought in rural Pennsylvania—but his latest admission is fascinating because there never appeared to be any animosity between the guys during the band’s tenure.
You can read Malik’s full interview in the December issue of British Vogue on November 9th, 2018.