Zayn Malik says that he wasn't happy being in One Direction for a long time before he officially left the group. In his first interview post-decision with The Sun, he says that he's been dissatisfied with his career for a while.
"You know, I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people's happiness. And that was mainly the fans. I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them," he said.
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This would definitely explain why he wants to release his own music! We know how much he cares about Directioners (remember when he recorded the most adorable video for a sick fan?), so it makes sense that he stuck it out for them, even when his heart wasn't in it. Of course, Directioners have been tweeting their words of support about their decision — so he shouldn't have to worry about disappointing them.
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