He's been busy with the producer behind M.I.A's "Borders."
As part of one of the world's biggest bands, Zayn Malik's reality was shaped by other people's fantasies. Now, in his first major interview since quitting, he explains why he left and who he is now.
Listen to a clubby outtake from the R&B singer's debut album Aquarius.
Chances are, you won't be smiling by the end.