In the December issue of British Vogue, the "Muslim-raised British-Pakistani working-class boy from West Yorkshire," who now lives in the United States, opened up about his estranged relationship with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson following his departure from the group in March 2015.
When asked if he walked away from the band without having made a single friend, Zayn said, "Yeah. I have always been a bit like that, though -- always a bit of an island. I don't like to confer with too many people."
When asked if he ever sees any of his former bandmates, he replied, "Nah. I ain't spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That's just the way it is. There's things that happen and things that were said after I left... Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected."
In part, Zayn blames the grueling schedule he and his bandmates had to endure at very young ages, telling the mag, "We went from theaters, to arenas, to stadiums -- there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom. I guess that kind of progression to any mind -- but especially when you're 17, 18 -- it kind of affects you a little bit. People take it different ways -- especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart."
Although Zayn has not been able to repair his severed ties with Styles, Horan, Payne and Tomlinson, he has been able to rekindle his relationship with Gigi Hadid -- and the two are happier than ever.
"Everything is great," he said of his relationship with the supermodel after the two took a brief break earlier this year. "She's super organized, and I'm really not. It helps that she can get things together for me a little bit. I lean on her a lot."
Zayn's full interview with British Vogue will hit newsstands on Nov. 9.