"Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that's just life," Malik said. "Everybody grows up; two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don't talk to any of them, really."
Malik left the group in 2015 and has been very open about his battles with anxiety and eating disorders since his exit. He has a tour planned for his upcoming album, but has struggled with his new identity as a solo artist.
"Like, there were a lot of upbeat dance [songs on the album], and I don't dance, so it would have required a lot of extra dancers and stuff going on, and I don't necessarily want to do that," he explained. "For a long time I've struggled with, 'Where is Zayn as a performer?' I don't want [my show] to be too eccentric or out there, because I'm not that kind of personality. I'm quite a reserved person."
"The band was like being in the army for him," his manager, Sarah Stennett, added. "You lose your sense of intuition and instinct about what you really read, and what's right for you."