The former One Direction singer reveals a lot of personal details that he usually doesn't like to address, including his faith and the politics that go along with it.
As a practicing Muslim, Zayn is aware of what's happening in the news and how it can affect him personally. Let's take presidential candidate Donald Trump's statement that all Muslim's should be banned from the United States, for example.
"I see everything," says Zayn, 23. "I see the political thing. I see the Trump thing. I see it on the news. They are saying, 'Does this mean Zayn Malik has to leave America?' These things are always there. I see what's going on, but I would never be the person that will make some sort of statement. I never want to make anybody biased towards anything."
Zayn doesn't feel comfortable expressing his opinions on politics because he doesn't want to alienate anyone or to stir the pot. "I could have an opinion, but that's my opinion," he says. "That's the main thing for me. I don't want to influence anybody's brain in any sort of way."
However, that could change in the future. "Who knows? There may be a time where I feel like I have something to say about a certain topic and I'm educated enough and armed with the exact information I need before I make a statement that doesn't offend anybody," he tells Complex. "Then I will do that."
Still, he doesn't want his words to be taken the wrong way. "It's very hard to make any sort of statement that doesn't offend somebody. I don't want to throw stones out of a river that's already f------ crazy. You know what I'm saying? It's doing its thing by itself. I don't need to put any input in there. I'll just leave everything to itself."
For now, the young pop god is focused on establishing his solo career and growing past his stifling One Direction days. He is relieved to be in control of his sound and his look. He says he faced a lot of restrictions in the group, including not being allowed to grow facial hair, a rule that Zayn could not accept.
"That's one of the things that is now quite cool. I get to keep my beard," he says. "I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn't allowed to."
We can only assume that Zayn's girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, also prefers his more adult appearance. As much as their relationship plays out in front of the cameras, Zayn tries to keep their love private and separate from his professional life.
"I try to keep the two very separate. I try to, as much as I can," he insists. "But there's only so much you can do. It's just one of those things now, in the background. I just leave it as a bit of a noise in the background."
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