Zayn Malik Blushed When Taylor Swift Said She Liked His Album
Zayn Malik is used to an unending stream of enthusiastic attention and love from his legion of global fans going nuts over his debut solo album, the Billboard 200 No. 1 Mind of Mine. But even a former member of one of the most popular boy bands of all time gets embarrassed by the attention sometimes, especially when it comes from one of the other biggest singers in the world.
"I don’t get much feedback from my peers. I spoke a bit to Taylor... at Gigi’s house we briefly spoke and she told me she really enjoyed the album," Malik, 23, told Dazed magazine about the time he met Taylor Swift at ex Hadid's house and she gave him props for Mine. "It was nice to get some feedback. She said she thought I was cool and I kind of blushed a bit and didn’t know how to take it."
The interview -- conducted before Malik's recent cancelation of a gig at the Summertime Ball after suffering "the worst anxiety" of his career -- also gives a glimpse into the singer's discomfort with the level of fame he's achieved in five short years. "I haven’t done much acclimatin'," he said. "I’m just staying the way that I am. I think that’s the best way to keep your sanity. You’ve got to hold on to what you are and not let things get to your head, because if you do, that’s when everything comes crashing down terribly."
In the cover story, he also talks about starting work on his second album, running off a list of dream collaborators that includes Drake, Rihanna and the Weeknd, while teasing that he may have already snagged some surprise guests.
"I’m just trying to do more and more," he said. "I’m excited to get more involved in every way that I can. Whether it’s producing or the creative for my stage direction, I just want to get down to every detail. That’s my progression, learning my craft as a solo artist. I’m kind of itching a little bit. I want to work. I’ve learned over four or five years that it’s good to work because you’re earning, not spending."
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