I’m pretty sure in the breakup narrative that was Zayn Malik and One Direction, it was Malik who did the dumping, walking away from the hugely successful boy band. But that doesn’t mean he can’t still have feelings for the other guys — or get a little bruised emotionally when they don’t respond to your attempts to reach out. Because someone in the band — Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne or Niall Horan — has been sending Malik straight to voicemail.
“I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot of people,” a very wounded-sounding Maliktells Billboard.”I’ve reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. Certain people have pride issues, but it’s stuff you overcome in time.”
But since none of them are talking to him, Malik will have to settle for talking to a reporter about the breakup and where he’s at now. And it turns out his biggest bone of contention with his fellow “X-Factor” alums came down to taste in music.”I genuinely enjoyed [the band] and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it’s just not where I sit as a musician,” he explains. “The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t f—k with it. That was never cool where I was from.” Come on, Zayn. I know you’re hurt, but there’s no reason to lash out.
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