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At this stage we all know that Zayn Malik felt hemmed in during his time in One Direction.

Having joined the group aged only 17, Zayn didn't even own a passport when Simon Cowell worked his magic and made him, Liam, Harry, Niall and Louis one of the biggest pop bands in living memory.

And while Zayn lapped it up at the beginning, he hasn't denied the fact that there came a point when he no longer wanted to conform to the boy band way of life, and eventually jumped ship.

And, sure, he's often cited the band's sound and image as something he railed against, but it turns out something even more pressing was weighing on his mind during his time with ID.

Zayn wanted to write about sex, and damn it, no one would let him.

Opening up about the barriers which restricted his creative process in his autobiography, the now 23-year-old explained that once he went solo he was able to write more sexy lyrics than you could shake a stick at.

"I was also able to sing about a subject that I hadn’t really been able to go near while I was in One Direction: sex," he explained.

“Every lyric I’ve ever written has a story behind it. All the hard work that went into the creation of Pillowtalk was worthwhile because, as soon as it was finished, I intuitively felt I was on the right path."

Thrilled by his debut single's performance, Zayn gushed: "It was a sick cut, nailing the exact sound I wanted to capture in my music."

Good man yourself, Zayn.
 

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Since his megahit debut solo single – Pillowtalk – was released in February, fans just can't get enough of Zayn Malik. 

So it was with great surprise that we noticed that the English singer-songwriter's vocals can recently be heard on another KILLER track – because not enough people are talking about just how good it is. 

Hidden away on the soundtrack to Netflix original series The Get Down, Zayn's oh-so amazing voice can be heard on You Can't Hide / You Can't Hide From Yourself.

The song, which quietly emerged on Thursday, is a remix of the classic track by Teddy Pendergrass and this newly-updated version involves Mr Malik teaming up with Grandmaster Flash.

Suffice to say, we are ALL OVER the resulting tune.

The Get Down is the hotly anticipated new Baz Luhrmann drama about the birth of hip-hop in 1970s New York – and it's available to view on Netflix now. 

Meanwhile, check out the Zayn song on iTunes here.

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No surprises for affirming that we were totally bowled over by Zayn Malik's debut single, Pillowtalk

I mean, we were expecting a decent pop song but we have literally not stopped listening to the sexy tune since it was dropped last week. 

And it seems the world agrees with us as the single continues to smash records across the globe. 

Zayn's first solo effort debuted at number 1 in the Billboard Charts last week, a victory earned by no One Direction single ever (obviously they have had many number 1's, but no single has actually debuted at the top spot). 

While Best Song Ever came in at number 2 in 2013 and Drag Me Down just about making it to number 3 last summer, Pillowtalk breezed into the top spot just days after it's release. 

Zayn's monumental song is also the highest charting single by any UK debut artist in the Billboard Charts (though we reckon this was helped by the fact he was already well known internationally). 

AND to add to the list of this song's achievements, Pillowtalk is the first time a number one song was performed by an artist beginning with the letter 'z'. 

So there you go. 

Zayn is set to drop his album Mind of Mine next month. 

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Since the debut of Pillowtalk this week, Zayn and Gigi are all we can talk about.

And looking at these tweets, the pair seem to be pretty chuffed with themselves following their super sexy video.

After its release, Zayn wrote to Gigi via Twitter and said:

To which Gigi replied:

We know she's acting all coy and flirty, but we know inside she's all hearts and rainbows.

Missed the steamy video for Pillowtalk? Watch it here in all its glory:

 

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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. 

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