Zayn Malik opens up on real reason he left One Direction but leaves fans puzzled by his accent

Zayn Malik has opened up on the real reason he left boyband One Direction, leaving fans shocked with his first interview after six years away from the spotlight.

The former One Direction member sat down with American star Alex Cooper for her popular Call Her Daddy podcast this week. While on the podcast Zayn opened up about why he’s been off the grid and why he has decided to make a public appearance for the first time.

Speaking to Alex he said: “Since I’ve had my daughter, the main thing in my mind is trying to be a good example to her. “That’s why I’m even doing this interview, you know? I used to get a lot of anxiety around having a conversation like this, and I want her to be able to look at me and be like, ‘Yo, my dad’s doing this.’”

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Zayn also revealed his real reason for leaving One Direction, explaining that he “selfishly” wanted to get “ahead of the curve”, The Mirror reports.

“There was a lot of politics going on, certain people were doing certain things, some people didn’t want to sign contracts, so I knew something was happening so I just got ahead of the curve, if I’m being honest with you, I was like ‘I’m just going to get out of here, I think this is done,'” he admitted.

“I selfishly wanted to be the first person to go and make my own record. I wanted to jump the gun for the first time, I’m the passive dude but when it comes to music and my business, I’m serious about it, I’m competitive and I wanted to be the first to go and do my own thing.

“There was obviously underlying issues within our friendships too, we’d been together everyday for five years and we got sick of each other,” Zayn added.

Zayn Malik fans distracted by strong Bradford accent during first interview
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But it wasn’t this revelation that shocked fans. Having not spoken in the public eye for over half a decade, fans were absolutely stunned that he still had his Yorkshire accent.

Growing up in Bradford, Zayn always had a strong Yorkshire accent but since some of his ex bandmates appeared to have lost their English accents. Fans didn’t expect Zayn to still have such a thick Yorkshire accent.

@taintedmermaid_ Tweeted: “Forgot @zaynmalik was from Bradford. His accent seems to alien to his vibe lol.” @breaaalynn commented: “Hearing Zayn Malik’s actual accent for the first time and it’s wild.”

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@courtneyhollyy wrote: “I find it hilarious that people are losing their minds over Zayn Malik’s accent when he’s literally just from Bradford.”

@selfstanbot said: “I had never heard zayn malik speak before and for some reason i am so surprised by the accent, like that is NOT what i expected.”

While @CS13840084 added: “WHY IS EVERYONE SHOCKED AT ZAYN MALIK’S ACCENT… like what do you know ab the bradford bad boy.”

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