EXCLUSIVE: Zayn Malik's so-called solo track is actually an old One Direction demo

EXCLUSIVE: Zayn Malik's 'Solo Track' Is Actually an Old One Direction Demo

Despite reports that Zayn Malik has already recorded his first solo track less than a week after leaving One Direction, ET has learned that the song in question is actually an old demo for the boy band's last album.

A source close to Malik tells ET, "This was just a rough demo of a track which was recorded for the last One Direction album. It didn't make it onto the album and it's not new, nor is it a solo track from Zayn."

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One Direction's fourth studio album, appropriately titled Four, was released on Nov. 17, marking a historic milestone for the band: 1D became the first act to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with each of its first four albums.

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EXCLUSIVE: Zayn Malik's so-called solo track is actually an old One Direction demo
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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The buzz around the leaked track all started on Monday when a demo for the song "I Don't Mind" popped up online, then was later posted -- and deleted -- on U.K. producer Naughty Boy's SoundCloud page. Naughty Boy also posted a tweet reading, "Let the music do the talking guys. Thanks us later."

Fans took to Twitter with a firestorm of angry responses, questioning Malik's decision to leave One Direction in order to, as he said, "be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

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Now, a friend of Malik tells ET: "Everything in the last few weeks happened so fast -- Zayn knows it's going to take a while for things to settle down. He loves music and making music will continue to be a huge part of his life but he hasn't made any specific plans yet for the future, he's just taking things day by day. He was totally genuine in his reasons for leaving the band."

The origin of the track also shines new light on 1D member Louis Tomlinson's recent tweet, in which he issued some harsh words for the producer.

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Perhaps Naughty Boy was attempting to shine a light on Malik's vocals? The stripped-down demo, an acoustic guitar-set ballad, did show off a different side of the singer. For what it's worth, Naughty Boy has been re-tweeting plenty of online commentary about the song and signed off for the night with a very zen response.

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