In an interview with Bizzare Life's Dan Wooton, the singer discussed some of the issues the band faced after Malik -- who left the group first -- said he has some bad times while part of 1D.
"It is very sad because One Direction was a wonderful, wonderful time in all of our lives.," Payne said. "It was like uni, but on steroids. It was mad. It was madness. It was so much fun. I don't understand how you can come out of that experience and say the things that he says sometimes. It doesn't make any sense to me, but there you go."
Payne also told multiple radio outlets during the press tour for his new song that he just isn't into Harry Styles' hit "Sign Of Times."
"Harry's song...I heard...and I'll be honest with you...It's not my sort of music, so it's not something I'd listen to, but I think he did a great job of doing what he wanted to do," Payne told Music Choice.
Payne has not yet confirmed whether or not he is working on an album, though he has said that he has a number of pre-existing songs that could become his first solo album.