The former One Direction singer and now solo artist was interviewed by British Vogue about his estranged relationship with the rest of the band.
Malik was the first to leave the group, in 2015. The rest of 1D went on hiatus a year later, and all five have since launched solo careers, with varying degrees of success.
In a preview of Vogue's December edition, the singer revealed: “I ain't spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That's just the way it is.
"There's things that happen and things that were said after I left. Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected."
Speaking about his time in the world’s biggest boyband, Malik went on to talk about how living the kind of fast-paced lifestyle the band experienced at such a young age, left a mark.
“We went from theatres, to arenas, to stadiums - there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom,” he said. “I guess that kind of progression to any mind - but especially when you're 17, 18 – it kind of affects you a little bit.”
Payne and Tomlinson recently teamed up for a celebrity edition of Gogglebox for Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer. The remaining four members have not ruled out a return at some point in the future.
However, Malik seems to prefer his own independence these days: “I have always been a bit like that, though – always a bit of an island," he said. “I don't like to confer with too many people.”
Malik recently released his new single, "Fingers", and is preparing to announce a release date for his second album – the follow up to 2016's hit record Mind of Mine.
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