After leaving pop boy band One Direction more than four months ago, Zayn Malik is finally explaining why. Oh, and he is definitely launching a solo career.
Malik wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he “never explained why” he left. He added that “it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA.”
He also shared a photo of him signing a contract with RCA Records, announcing their partnership (One Direction is with Columbia Records and both labels are under Sony). His 15.1 million followers also saw him use the hashtag “#REALME,” E! reports.
So it appears that Malik left to make “real music.” Hmm, we shall see if he actually does that. The English singer will have the help of artist manager Sarah Stennett, who helped Iggy Azalea skyrocket her career, Billboard reports. Maybe he will…that is, if you consider Azalea’s music “real.”
Former American Idol judge and X Factor judge Simon Cowell also tweeted about Malik’s move. He congratulated Malik on signing with RCA and added that “they are the perfect label for @ZaynMalik’s solo career and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.”
Though Malik seems excited about coming into his own now, he was not feeling that way about leaving Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne before. In a statement in March, Malik actually apologized to his fans. “I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart,” he said.
He also provided a different reason as to why he was parting ways with the band. “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” he said.
Before he announced his leave, he had taken some time from touring due to stress. Several rumors were swirling claiming he had cheated on his fiancee Perrie Edwards at the time.
After his departure, Malik was seen hanging out with producer Naughty Boy in the studio. So of course, rumors spread about him launching a solo career. These rumors were actually proven true.
The remaining One Direction members have yet to comment on Malik’s latest decision. Most likely, they are surprised and we will be hearing about it.