The 23-year-old entertainer opened up about One Direction, his authenticity, and more. Here’s what he shared…
On being labeled the âmysterious oneâ in 1D: âIn terms of me being described as the mysterious one, that was put on me as a stigma because I didnât get the chance to speak as much. The other boysâ personalities were much more forward. They would answer the questions. I would let that happen because, like I said, I didnât have any creative input there. I didnât feel like I was going to say anything about it anyway. Now I get to talk about what Iâm passionate aboutâitâs nice to have the chance to speak.â
On feeling like he lost authenticity in One Direction: âThat was something that was always underlying, and ended up as the main factor of me leaving in the end. It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it. That was always there. It was one of the things that wasnât going to go away, so I had to go away.â
On being called ungrateful: âNo one can ever say I was ungrateful, even though it sort of comes across that way when I mention that I was frustrated with the band. Thatâs not the case at all. That was just an experience that had to be dealt with at the time. With the music that Iâm doing now, I get to express myself, and that creative tension is gone.â
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