Zayn Malik Speaks Out About The Taylor Swift Criticism

Though there still appears to be no news concerning Zayn Malik’s next album release, the famously tight-lipped star spoke to Fader magazine about when it might come out saying, simply, “soon.” But in that same interview, he was notably more open about the recent Taylor Swift drama and criticism she has received with her “Look What You Made Me Do” video.

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Malik is obviously no stranger to public scrutiny, after leaving mainstream boyband One Direction to pursue a solo career. Fader‘s reporter, given that, asked him about whether he related to Swift’s position.

Malik replied in a very open way, explaining that, as someone also in the limelight with plenty said about him, he tries to base his opinions as much as possible on his personal interactions with other stars:

…when it comes to anything that has to do with trivia about people’s personal lives or things that’s going on in their careers, I don’t necessarily pay too much attention. I don’t pay too much attention to what people even say about me. I just tend to take it for what it is when I meet them people in real life and have a conversation with them. If they’re cool with me, then I base my relationship on that.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik | ELLE UK


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Malik continued to detail his personal experience with Swift, having worked with her on a hit single (“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”) and spent time with her because she is one of his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid’s, best friends:

In terms of relating to it, of course I relate to things being written about us all the time. But I don’t listen to it. I rate her as an artist, I think she’s cool, I think she’s successful, and I think she deserves her success because she’s worked hard. That’s just how I look at it. I did a song with her, it was fun, she was professional. She gets on with my girlfriend, they’re good friends. I don’t have a bad word to say about her. She’s cool.

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Hadid is firmly one of Swift’s squad members, who the singer has said is the first person she would go to for advice.