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Zayn Malik left One Direction in March 2015 Reuters

Zayn Malik reportedly did not mean to diss his former One Direction band members. It was previously revealed that Harry Styles was unhappy after the 23-year-old singer, who quit the boy band in March 2015, threw shade at the group during a recent magazine interview.

In an interview with Dazed, Gigi Hadid's boyfriend revealed he was not comfortable being in a group. He said: "I just knew it was my time. I knew I wanted to do something different and start expressing the way I felt about certain things."

He added: "I have always liked [RCA], just because they signed f**king Elvis and a lot of people I look up to. I went and met with Pete (Edge, CEO) and we had a couple conversations and I really liked his vibe. They seemed to treat me as though I was an artist for the first time, which felt really cool. And they respected the music. I had written a lot of it before I went with RCA and they liked where I was going and wanted to give me freedom so I was like, 'Cool.'"

A source told Hollywood Life: "Zayn doesn't understand why Harry or any of the other guys are taking what he said in his recent interview personally. He never said he had an issue with the members. He feels like he's being attacked for no reason. He has nothing but love for the guys and just wants to move on."