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Zayn Malik On Leaving One Direction: 'I Feel Like I'm Doing What's Right'

Zayn Malik says even he's been surprised by the reaction and coverage of his decision to leave One Direction.

The 22-year-old tells UK's 'The Sun' that the reaction has left him "feeling quite interesting."

"It is crazy and wild and a bit mad," he says. "But at the same time I've never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I'm doing what's right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good."

Malik, who quit the band's tour amid rumors that he was cheating on his fiancée Perrie Edwards, says they are still together and that she has been "very supportive."

There is speculation that Malik left the band to get away from the temptations he would have to fight on a daily basis.

"My band has been really supportive. They've been cool about it," he says. "And they understand that, you know, it's not real to me anymore."

He says rumors that there was any tension between them "couldn't be more wrong."

"I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people's happiness."

"I feel like I've let the fans down but I can't do this anymore. It's not that I've turned my back on them or anything, it's just that I just can't do that anymore because it's not the real me."

The singer says he's already back in the studio recording his first solo release.

March 27, 2015 |

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