So much for living a quiet life out of the public eye, huh? Less than a week after WOW broke the news that Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction, he’s already debuted a demo track, produced by famed U.K. producer Naughty Boy, called “I Won’t Mind.” Listen to it below. Vanity Fair describes the low-key ballad as
“a huge departure from the One Direction (and Naughty Boy) sound with Malik’s soothing vocals simply laid over a soft acoustic guitar with some gentle percussion at the end. Malik’s gentle crooning will either go a long way towards healing the fractured hearts of One Direction fans, or break them forever.
So now we know a little bit more about what Zayn meant when he said of his One Direction split: “It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not the real me.”
And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure,”I Won’t Mind”:
In related news: Former 1D bandmate Louis Tomlinson is fuming over the release of “I Won’t Mind,” venting his anger on Twitter. Louis accused producer Naughty Boy of “trying to wind the fans up” after he retweeted a video saying “Zaughty will rise”, a reference to working with Zayn which I don’t quite get, but I’m sure whipped Directioners into a frenzy.
Louis later tweeted: “Wow @NaughtyBoyMusic you’re so inconsiderate pal, seriously how old are you? Grow up! #masterofallwisdom.”
So far, Zayn hasn’t commented on the solo material.