ZAYN says his One Direction past has made him "the coolest person ever" with his 4-year-old niece

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ZAYN admits he didn't allow himself to enjoy his stint in One Direction that much while he was actually a member of the band, but now, he looks back on it a bit more fondly — especially since it's given him a certain status among the younger members of his family.

Speaking to Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, ZAYN says, "Now, when I look back at [1D] as a grownup man, I see that there was missed opportunity there for me to have more fun, but I also look at it and think, 'I did have a lot of fun too.' And I'm really grateful for the experience I had with the lads in the band, and I think we did some amazing things that I'm really proud of in my life."

"And also, with having a daughter, and now I've got a niece and I've got a nephew, my niece is four years old, and she loves One Direction," he continues.

"She watches all of our old stuff, and she just thinks I'm the coolest person ever because I was in One Direction," notes ZAYN. "So, to me, I'm like, 'Yo, this has got a whole new level of cool street cred with the young ones.' So, I'm really grateful, man, and proud that I was involved. Do you know what I mean? I look at it in a different way now."

ZAYN has just released his new album, Room Under the Stairs, as well as a video for one of its tracks, "Stardust." On Friday, May 17, he'll have his first-ever live solo performance at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. On May 21, he'll do his first TV performance in eight years on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


Friday, May 17, 2024 at 12:11PM by Andrea Dresdale Permalink