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Zayn Malik has hinted the reason he split with Perrie Edwards. The former One Direction star revealed how their break-up inspired his solo album, Mind of Mine.

During an interview with Complex magazine, the 23-year-old singer was asked how many songs are about love and how many are about pain and heartbreak. He replied: "There's a good ratio of both. There's a lot of falling in love and a lot of falling out of love. It's probably 60/40, falling out of love."

"I feel like you get creative with things when you can be honest. Whether that's positive or negative, it can work both ways. If you're in a really good place, you can write a really good, upbeat song. When you're in a shit place you can write a downbeat fucking ballad! That's just the way it is. But I feel like you can draw good creative things from both," he added.

Malik, who is now dating Gigi Hadid, admitted he likes to keep his personal and professional life separate. The 20-year-old model set headlines when she appeared in his music video for Pillow Talk.

"I try to keep the two very separate. I try to, as much as I can. But there's only so much you can do. I'm learning to deal with it. It's just one of those things now, in the background. I just leave it as a bit of a noise in the background," Malik said.

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