Zayn Says He No Longer Identifies as Muslim

Zayn Malik
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Zayn Malik attend the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons presented by The Recording Academy on Jan 27, 2018 in New York City.

Zayn said he no longer identifies as Muslim in a new interview with British Vogue.

Zayn, described as someone who was routinely touted as "Britain's most famous Muslim," said, "I'm not professed to be a Muslim," after stating that he has never spoken publicly about his religious beliefs.

"I believe whatever people's religious beliefs are is between them and whoever or whatever they're practicing. For me, I have a spiritual belief there is a god. Do I believe there's a hell? No," the former One Direction member explained.

Zayn said he worried that the discussion of religion has become "a religious fucking debacle of philosophers." "I just want to keep it between me and whatever I believe. I feel like that makes me move through life in a nice way," he told the magazine. "If I behave well, I will get treated well. That’s it. I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day. I don’t believe any of it. I just believe if you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you."

Zayn was raised in a Muslim household, having studied Islam and attended mosque as a child. He said his parents gave him the option to make his own decisions, so leaving the religion was not a difficult process. 

"There's definitely beautiful parts to every religion," Zayn said.

In August of this year, Zayn celebrated the Muslim festival Eid with his family and girlfriend Gigi Hadid. Hadid, who also comes from a family with Middle Eastern heritage, has not spoken publicly about her religious views, but her sister Bella Hadid said she was proud to be Muslim in 2017. 

Read the full interview here.