Zayn talked to British Vogue about his sophomore album, family, religion and more.
- On the album: “We were meant to be releasing around February, March time, but a lot of it comes down to what promotion I’m willing to do. It’s a progression of my age, of my experience.”
- On One Direction: “I’m able to look on it as something that was an amazing experience, which I was never even able to say until just recently because of so much other bullshit that was going on. I think back to the performances towards the end, when we were in stadiums, I wasn’t really ever able to enjoy the experience. The machine had gone too fast.” (More at the previous post).
- He named his Sphynx cat Dobby, “Like the house elf”. Zayn said they tried to make him a little sock jumper but he won’t keep it on.
- On religion: he doesn’t call himself Muslim now but he's pleased to have built his life around the tenets of Islam. “I believe whatever people’s religious beliefs are is between them and whoever or whatever they’re practising. For me, I have a spiritual belief of there is a god. Do I believe there’s a hell? No. I just want to keep it between me and whatever I believe. I feel like that makes me move through life in a nice way. If I behave well, I will get treated well. That’s it. I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day. I don’t believe any of it. I just believe if you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you.”
- He says he’s “soft” thanks to being raised in a domestic matriarchy and his dad: “I always felt that made a stronger man. My dad has always been very supportive in that manner, too. He’s a huge guy, he works out a lot, but he’s always like,‘You’ve got to express your emotions. There’s no point in keeping shit to yourself.’ People used to not talk about emotion because they felt a sense of shame, but I feel a sense of progression with it.”
On newsstands on November 9.
Source: interview. 📷: one, two, three, four