Zayn Malik Opens Up About Love, Fatherhood, and One Direction

Zayn Malik opens up about love, fatherhood, and his time in One Direction, expressing uncertainty about romantic love but confidence in his love for daughter Khai. Malik reflects on past relationships, including his five-year romance with Gigi Hadid, and credits Khai with bringing joy and maturity to his life.

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Zayn Malik Opens Up About Love, Fatherhood, and One Direction

Zayn Malik Opens Up About Love, Fatherhood, and One Direction

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik, 31, has spoken candidly about his experiences with love, fatherhood, and his time in the iconic boy band. In a recent interview on the Zach Sang Show, Malik shared his thoughts on these deeply personal topics, reflecting on his past relationships, including his five-year romance with model Gigi Hadid, and the profound impact of becoming a father to their 31⁄2-year-old daughter, Khai.

When asked about his understanding of love, Malik expressed uncertainty, stating, "I don't know how you know what love is. That's a really deep question. It's hard, you know? I think love comes in many different forms." He further elaborated on the intangible nature of love, saying, "You can never really pinpoint, I think, what is love. There's ways you can show love. You can express it. That's our human understanding of it, but what is love? It's an intangible thing, right?"

Malik also reflected on his past relationships, including his time with Hadid, whom he dated on and off from 2015 through 2021. love, despite, relationship "When you ask me, 'What is love?' I think the reason that's hard for me to answer that question is I don't know if I've ever actually truly been in love," he admitted. "You look back on it with new eyes, and you're like, 'Well, maybe I wasn't in love there.'"

sure Despite his uncertainty about romantic love, Malik expressed confidence in his love for his daughter Khai, stating, "I'm in love with her as my child... but that's different — I'm not in love with somebody who is a complete separate entity." Malik and Hadid continue to co-parent Khai, with Hadid previously speaking about balancing work with motherhood in an interview with NET-A-PORTER's digital title PORTER last year.

In a separate interview on The Zach Sang Show, Malik opened up about how fatherhood has transformed his life, crediting Khai with bringing "colour back" and unlocking a new love within him. "I feel like my daughter brought that colour back in my life. She just makes me happy. I have so much love in me that I didn't have before she was born," he shared. Khai has also brought a fresh perspective, making him realize the importance of being happy and enjoying life.

love, One, DirectionMalik also discussed his time in One Direction, revealing feelings of resentment due to the members' maturity level and original solo ambitions, which led to competition among them. "I think the thing was, we were so young. And when we were in the band, we didn't have that level of compassion yet because we didn't understand life yet. We just were young kids that just were thrown in the situation,"he explained. Malik expressed regret over not enjoying his time in the band enough, saying,"The one thing I always feel bad about when I look back over my life is not enjoying the band enough. I feel like I just took things too seriously."

Looking ahead, Malik emphasized the importance of being a good role model for his daughter, stating,"She's a force of nature. She's given me maturity. She's forced my sensibility to become this mature father for her, this good responsible role model that takes accountability for their actions and sticks to their work and proves that my word is bond. "With the release of his new album, Room Under the Stairs, on Friday, Malik continues to navigate his personal and professional life while prioritizing his love for Khai.