Zayn Malik Says One Direction Reunion Could Happen 'If Time Was Right'

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Zayn Malik arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theatre on Aug. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.  

Zayn Malik may be working the solo route but the former boy bander can't seem to dodge inquiries about his ex-group One Direction.

After discussing the next phase of his career in a recent Billboard cover story, the 23-year-old singer already contemplated the future after Sunday Times Culture magazine asked about a potential reunion.

"Who knows?...I don't know," said Malik, who split from the group last May. "If the time was right and that was the thing to do, then I would make that decision when it came around."

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While Malik's forthcoming RCA debut is due this spring, he's teased the single "Befour," perhaps a nod to 1D's last album Four. Zayniacs may be waiting with bated breath for new Malik  tunes -- his first single will drop Friday --  but he also admitted in his Sunday Times Culture cover story that he could be furthering his studies. 

"You know what, to educate yourself isn't that hard these days," he said. "You can do it at home. You can go to lectures – just sit there, which hopefully, at some point, I can do – like, just sit and listen to a lecture."

He added that the educational endeavor would be "something that is only, solely for me, you know what I mean? And when my kids ask me, in the future, and I try to tell them to go to school, they can't turn around and say to me, 'F--- off, Dad, you were in a band!' I can turn around and say, 'Excuse me, I went back to school and got my degree. So you definitely have to do your schoolwork!"