One Direction's Liam Payne is "dead excited" to hear Zayn Malik's solo material
"He's got a great voice and he's a very talented young man," Liam Payne says.

One Direction’s Liam Payne has backed Zayn Malik over his departure from the group, saying that he’s “dead excited” to listen to his solo material.

Speaking to Magic Radio’s Jo Parkerson, Payne praised his old bandmate, calling him a “very talented young man”.

“I’m dead excited to hear some of his stuff,” Payne said. “I did a lot of work with him in the studio when he was in the band. We used to stay up late and do rap stuff, which is quite interesting - because I like to produce rap beats and stuff.

"He’s got a great voice and he’s a very talented young man, and we wish him all the best of luck.”

Malik recently signed a solo deal with RCA - but Payne added that he isn’t interested in following suit and becoming a solo artist himself.

“I’m more interested in the writing side of things, if I’m honest,” he said. “I like writing songs for different artists, and crafting a song is a really beautiful thing to do.

"I sit down and do it with my girlfriend sometimes and with a couple of lads that I know. I much prefer doing that sort of thing.

"I love being in the band. I don’t know if I could do it by myself now - it’s all too comfortable.”

The One Direction star added that he understands Malik leaving the group.

“His heart wasn’t in it, and you have to go with your heart and say, ‘I can’t do this anymore’,” Payne reflected. “And that’s fine.”

The four-piece recently released their first track since Malik’s departure, titled 'Drag Me Down’.

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Listen to the full interview on Magic Radio on Saturday, August 8 from 3pm.  


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