Zayn Malik Defends Taylor Swift From Haters: 'She Deserves Her Success'

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Zayn Malik attends the Tom Ford September 2016 New York Fashion Week show on Sept. 7, 2016 in New York City.

The 24-year-old singer also shared some details about his forthcoming sophomore solo album.

In an interview with FADER, Zayn Malik opens up about his support and admiration towards Taylor Swift, amid backlash for her new song “Look What You Made Me Do.” The singers collaborated last year in “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. 

“To be honest with you, Duncan, when it comes to anything that has to do with trivia about people’s personal lives or things that’s going on in their careers, I don’t necessarily pay too much attention. I don’t pay too much attention to what people even say about me. I just tend to take it for what it is when I meet them people in real life and have a conversation with them. If they’re cool with me, then I base my relationship on that.

“In terms of relating to it, of course I relate to things being written about us all the time. But I don’t listen to it. I rate her as an artist, I think she’s cool, I think she’s successful, and I think she deserves her success because she’s worked hard. That’s just how I look at it. I did a song with her, it was fun, she was professional. She gets on with my girlfriend, they’re good friends. I don’t have a bad word to say about her. She’s cool.” 

Malik also talks about the making of his new album. He explains he has been working hard on writing the new album, even skipping the VMAs to stay in the studio writing new material. He doesn't share the album’s release date, but assures fans the album will be out “pretty soon” within the next couple of months but wants to take his time with it. He also hasn’t said what its title will be but does say it’s “going to be something weird with it.”