Zayn Malik, everyone’s favourite member of One Direction (official results from the ELLE office poll) has been causing quite a stir since releasing himself from the all-encompassing clutches of One Direction.
A few ill-judged tweets aside, Zayn has stayed silent throughout his transition back into the solo world, waiting patiently for his first official interview to be published. But now it's here.
Here are five quotes you need to read from the big Fader reveal:
He's a home boy
Talking about his decision to leave One Direction, he explained: 'I guess I just wanted to go home from the beginning,'. Single tear emoji.
He's not mysterious
'There was a lot of situations that were almost created to make me be portrayed as the mysterious or quiet one,' Zayn explained to Fader. 'I guess that’s just something that people buy into, and it helps them sell things. It’s a product that’s already designed, and it sells.'
One Direction is not suitable date music
'Would you listen to One Direction, sat at a party with your girl? I wouldn’t. 'To me, that’s not an insult, that’s me as a 22-year-old man.'
He likes sleep
'If I was in control of me going to audition for X Factor, I would have never gone because I would have never got up on the day of the audition at four in the morning. The reason I woke up is because my mom came in the room and was like, "You have to go audition for this show." I felt like I had to do it because I owed it to her.'
He owns a pirate-themed pub in a converted shed.