One Direction's Zayn Malik Receives Birth Control Advice From Russell Brand
As a member of the world's biggest boy band One Direction, singer Zayn Malik has revealed that he's received some unexpected advice from celebrities over the years. None more so than comedian Russell Brand.
The Daily Mirror on Monday published excerpts of One Direction's upcoming autobiography Who We Are, and Malik recalls the meeting with Brand backstage at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics was certainly memorable for unexpected reasons.
"Backstage at the Olympics was one of the maddest times I've had with the band," says Malik in the book. "These crazily famous people were coming up and talking to me. All my life I'd seen them on TV and here they were just chatting away to us." Malik then recalls Brand, who was also performing in the closing ceremony, coming over. "Russell was brilliant. He was saying, 'Your performance was sick.' Then he started giving me family planning advice! I was like, 'Russell, you shouldn't be giving me that sort of advice!' He was hilarious, a really nice guy."
Who We Are is released on Sept. 25 and the British press have been slowly teasing excerpts of the book over the last week. The Sun on Sunday published an excerpt where teen idol Harry Styles admitted to suffering big confidence issues when One Direction first became famous. "I'm naturally a fairly confident person in most situations, but not all," said Styles in Who We Are. "At that point, any natural confidence I had was being taken over by nerves because back then I had no idea how to channel and control my anxiety."
Only through performing hundreds of gigs around the world was Styles able to conquer his anxiety says the singer. "One Direction have always been a band that gigs heavily, so over time I've been able to learn about nerves, to understand why and when they might hit and, best of all, how to control them."
"Now I know that if your nerves are controlled correctly, it can actually give you a bit of an edge, an extra sense of focus," Styles added.
One Direction release their fourth album Four on Nov. 17, and a new single "Steal My Girl" is released worldwide Sept. 29.
This article was originally published in THR.com.