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Today, The FADER premieres the first of two covers for its latest issue: Zayn Malik in his first major interview since leaving One Direction. It’s been less than a year since he quit one of the biggest bands in the world, and in this piece, he walks The FADER's deputy editor Duncan Cooper through his last morning in the band, exactly why he quit, and what his hopes for his solo debut album, scheduled for release in early 2016. 

Read the full article here:http://www.thefader.com/2015/11/17/zayn-malik-fader-cover-story-interview-solo-album-one-direction

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot featuring an exclusive snippet of his new song, "Befour." http://www.thefader.com/2015/11/17/zayn-malik-house-video-fader-cover-befour

See additional, exclusive images from Malik's The FADER cover shoot on Instagram at @thefaderuk, the newly launched home of The FADER's UK editorial team. 

The FADER's NOW Issue hits newsstands on December 15.

On One Direction’s music:
“There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band,” Zayn says.  “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 fuck, so they could use that version.  Whenever I would sugest something, it was 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 that we were selling.  I wasn’t 100 percent behind the music.  It wasn’t me.  It was music that was already given to us, and we were told this what is going to sell to these people.  As much as were the biggest, most famous boy band in the world, it felt weird.  We were told to be happy about something that we weren’t happy about.”

On why he quit One Direction:
"A big part of why I left the band is I made the realization that it wasn't actually about [being the biggest] anymore.  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 fucking listen to it.  I'm cool with that too.  I've got enough.  I dont' need you to buy it on a mass scale for me to feel satisfied."

On clearing up rumors of his alleged text-message breakup with former fiance, Perrie Edwards:
"I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over a text message.  I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end out relationship over four years like that.  She know that, I know that, an dthe public should know that as well.  I don't want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn't do that.  "
On his new music:
"I'm working every day now, but I'm working on music that I enjoy.  That's not music that I would listen to.  Would you listen to One Direction, sat at a party with your girl? I wouldn't.  To me, that not an insult, that's me as a 22-year-old man.  As much as I was in that band, and I loved evverything that we did, that's not music that I would listen to.  I don't think that's an offensive statement to make.  That's just not who I am.  If I was sat at a dinner date with a girl, I would play some cool shit, you know what I mean? I want to make music that I think is cool shit.  I don't think that's too much to ask for." 

On his current relationship with One Direction:
"I spoke to Liam about two weeks ago," Zayn says. "It was the first time I'd spoken to him since I left the band, and I rung him, and he wanted to talk.  He said he didn't understand it at the time, but he now fully gets why I had to do what I did.  He understands that it's my thing,  that I had to do that, and that basically he wants to meet up and sit down and have a good chat in person, and he wants to do some music and work on some stuff aside from being in the band, which we always wanted to do anyway."

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