Liam Payne Says Zayn Malik 'Didn't Even Say Goodbye' When He Left One Direction

Liam Payne Says Zayn Malik 'Didn't Even Say Goodbye' When He Left One Direction

Liam Payne is looking great on the cover of GQ Hype‘s latest issue.

The 26-year-old entertainer spoke about One Direction, Zayn Malik, and more. Here’s what he shared…

On if One Direction feels grudges: “Definitely in some part, yeah. We had our differences throughout the whole experience with some things. I still think about some stuff that was said and done that now I would do differently, but then that’s all part of growing up. Being in One Direction was such a schoolyard mentality somehow – the One Direction University, I call it. Everyone has stuff they’ve said at parties they wished they hadn’t but, for us, the difference was that it was all happening in front of the world. Now we are older, for me certainly there are things that I am just not as bothered about.”

On Zayn Malik leaving One Direction: “I think with Zayn’s particular exit and the way he chose to go, we haven’t really heard from him since he left. He didn’t even say goodbye, if I am being honest. It was a really sordid scenario, from our side certainly. A bit strange. It’s difficult.”

On getting his album finished: “It’s been, since “Strip That Down” really, the best part of two maybe three years to get everything finished. And it was difficult. I mean, it’s opening up at first and trying to figure out who you are and what people want to know from you. And what the sound is. Trying to find that medium point for all those things. It’s just the most difficult thing, especially at a young age when you’re constantly changing and you don’t really know yourself yet. We spent the best part of five years in a band closed off from the world and I had to go through this really weird transition inside that band as the world, and then myself, came out of it. I mean, even in my therapy sessions, my therapist asked me, ‘What do you actually like to do?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know what I like doing!’”

See the full interview available online now via GQ HYPE.

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