Zayn Malik breaks silence: I feel like I let One Direction fans down

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Zayn Quits One Direction


You haven't seen the last of Zayn Malik.

After announcing that he's leaving One Direction earlier this week, the 22-year-old broke his silence on Friday, revealing to the British newspaper The Sun why it was time to leave the beloved boy band.

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"I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people's happiness," he tells The Sun. "It is crazy and wild and a bit mad, but at the same time I've never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I'm doing what's right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good."

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Zayn Malik breaks silence: I feel like I let One Direction fans down
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Zayn Malik attends The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Adams and One Direction members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on December 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of musical guest One Direction perform on December 20, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0186 -- Pictured: (l-r) One Direction members Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on December 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction attend the '40 Principales' awards 2014 ceremony on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11 Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Harry Styles of One Direction attends the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singers Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of the group One Direction poses in the 2014 American Music Awards - Press Room at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction perform during the '40 Principales Awards' 2014 Gala at the Palacio de los Deportes on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction receive their awards at '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of One Direction receive an 40 Pricipales Award during attend the '40 Principales' awards 2014 ceremony on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Adams and One Direction members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on December 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles of One Direction, Liam Payne, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve Carell -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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He also adds that his fiance Perrie Edwards is "very supportive" about his decision.


That being said, the 22-year-old singer does admit that he feels a little guilt for leaving One Direction behind. "I feel like I've let the fans down but I can't do this anymore," Malik continues. "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 the real me."

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So what's next for this former boy band member? Malik, who seen leaving a recording studio just a day after he announced he was leaving 1D, confirmed to the publication (via People) that he is working on a solo project alongside producer Naughty Boy (a.k.a. Shahid Khan), who's worked with Sam Smith. He also revealed that he's trying out rapping. Say what?!

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