Zayn Malik says he didn't make a single friend while in One Direction

Zayn Malik is keeping it real when it comes to his not-so-amicable breakup with One Direction. 

The 25-year-old singer gets candid about leaving the hugely successful boy band in March 2015 in a new interview with British Vogue. Malik says he didn't actually make any friends during his time with the band, despite spending five years with One Direction -- whose members include Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

"I have always been a bit like that, though -- always a bit of an island," Malik says. "I don't like to confer with too many people."

"We went from theaters to arenas to stadiums -- there was never any sort of bridge between," he adds of the intense experience of their rapid rise to fame. "Just boom, boom, boom. I guess that kind of progression to any mind -- but especially when you're 17, 18 -- it kind of affects you a little bit. People take it different ways -- especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart."

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TODAY -- Pictured: One Direction (l-r) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayne Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 4, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan of One Direction appear in store to meet fans and sign copies of their debut album, 'Up All Night' at HMV Bayswater on November 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: L-R) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne of One Direction visit SiriusXM's 'Artist Confidential' Series at SiriusXM Studios on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform at SiriusXM's 'Artist Confidential' Series at SiriusXM Studios on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Thompson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan attend the 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of One Direction attend the 15th NRJ Music Awards at Palais des Festivals on December 14, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction attend the '40 Principales' awards 2013 photocall at the Barclaycard Center (Palacio de los Deportes) on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Louis Tomlinson , Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles and of One Direction arrive at the 15th NRJ Music Awards at the Palais des Festivals on December 14, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of One Direction perform at Rumsey Playfield on November 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/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 -- '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)
CANNES, FRANCE - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of 'One Direction' arrive at the 16th NRJ Music Awards at Palais des Festivals on December 13, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Singers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Mark Davis/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the KIIS FMÂs Jingle Ball 2015 presented by Capital One on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Singers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Mark Davis/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)
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Malik no longer keeps in touch with any of his former bandmates, and admits to there still being plenty of bad blood.

"I ain't spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you," he says. "That's just the way it is. There's things that happen and things that were said after I left... Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected."

These days, Malik is a solo artist, and also confirms he's reconciled with 23-year-old supermodel Gigi Hadid after their brief breakup in March. 

“Everything is great,” he says of their relationship. “She’s super-organized and I’m really not. It helps that she can get things together for me a little bit. I lean on her a lot."

ET spoke to One Direction in November 2015, when they talked about Malik leaving the band. In Malik's statement at the time about his departure, he stated, "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."

Tomlinson told ET, "I think in any field of work, when you lose someone on your team, obviously it's hard, but the positive take on the situation is we felt we definitely got closer as a group."

"Zayn did have different musical tastes, so that's fine," he added.

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Zayn Malik attends the world premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Bbc Radio 1 Teen Awards, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 09 Oct 2011, One Direction - Zayn Malik (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: Zayn Malik of One Direction launch their new Nokia handsets at The Carphone Warehouse on October 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
DUISBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Zayn Malik of One Direction takes photos with fans The Dome 60 on November 30, 2011 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on January 22, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Zayn Malik arrives at the BRIT Awards 2012 at O2 Arena on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Zayn Malik of the band One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Plaza on March 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Singers Niall Horan, Zayn Malik of One Direction pose for photos at theSiriusXM Studio on March 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
SOMERDALE, NJ - MARCH 17: Zayn Malik and Zayn Malik of the group One Direction attends a CD signing for 'Up All Night' at Walmart on March 17, 2012 in Somerdale, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Zayn Malik of One Direction performs at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Bbc Radio 1'S Teen Awards, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 07 Oct 2012, One Direction - Zayn Malik (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on November 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Zayn Malik of the group One Direction performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Zayn Malik attends a press conference for 'One Direction This Is Us' at Big Sky Studios on August 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Zayn Malik attends the world premiere of 'One Direction - This Is Us' at The Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on August 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Musician Zayn Malik performs onstage at the 'One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party' hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles  Clear Channel's new music and events venue located at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Zayn Malik of the band One Direction performs onstage during rehearsals for the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on November 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction poses in the press room during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Singer Zayn Malik attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Zayn Malik attends the premiere of 'Straight Outta Compton' at Microsoft Theater on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Singer Zayn Malik is seen walking in Soho on January 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Zayn Malik arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Zayn Malik seen leaving the Soho House in Meatpacking District on March 24, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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More recently, ET spoke to Simon Cowell in August, when he didn't rule out the possibility of One Direction reuniting in the future. The band split in 2016 after being discovered on British X Factor in 2010, where Cowell was a judge. 

"I just think the legacy is too big not to go back to at one point," Cowell said. "Plus, they have enough songs. I didn't realize how many hits they've had... When they do get back together, it will be a huge event. But look, they're all doing their own thing and they're all being successful. But I have a feeling it will happen. I really do. I'd love it to happen."

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