He broke many hearts when he decided to leave One Direction, but now Zayn Malik has opened up about what he really thought of the five-piece band.
The 23-year-old spoke quite candidly to Zane Lowe for Apple Music's Beats 1Radio, saying he "never wanted to be in the band."
Leaving fans hopeless, Mr Malik continued on to reveal that he knew it wasn't the right place for him after just "one year."
He told Zane: "I just gave it a go because it was there at the time. I think I kinda always wanted to go. From the first year, I never really wanted to be there in the band.
"When I realised the direction that we were going in, mind the pun, with the music, I instantly realised it wasn't for me. How do you write a song from five people's perspective?"
He went on to say that the music they were making didn't suit him at all, and even though Harry, Laim, Louis and Niall knew this, they didn't want him to go.
"I think the boys knew that in terms of the music, that wasn't my cup of tea. When I was leaving the band, they didn't want me to leave. But I'd already made up my mind at that point."
Zayn's first solo single, Pillowtalk, is debuting this Friday which will see an interesting shift in pattern since the 1D lads have began their hiatus.