After breaking hearts all over the world, Zayn Malik has explained why he left One Direction.
Speaking to U.K.’s The Sun and transcribed by E! Online, Zayn said, “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness—and that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them. And, basically, I’m only upset I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way. That’s the main thing that I don’t want to happen. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”
Zayn added that rumors of turmoil between he and the members of 1D “couldn’t be more wrong,” and that at the end of the day, he just couldn’t “do this anymore.”
So, what’s next for Zayn? He said he’s “just going to write and relax and chill” and “be myself for a bit.” He also said he’s “never felt more in control in my life” and leaving the group was “right by myself and right by the boys.”