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Zayn Malik covers NME magazine and explains who he keeps in touch with from One Direction, and… who he doesn’t.

Malik’s Mind Of Mine record leaked onto the Internet two days ahead of schedule, but Malik is side-stepping that drama along with everything else cumbersome in the biz. Malik tells NME he has kept it together following the departure from One Direction because he understands how the industry works. “You can be in the eye of it if you choose to be. Or you can let it overwhelm you,” he says. “See, I’ve kept a little bit of my sanity. I understand how the media works. Journos gotta earn their money. Paps have got to earn their money.”

Zayn also touched on who he still talks to from One Direction, saying “I’m still probably the closest to Liam. We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single. Which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award. It was a good chat. We hadn’t met in a long time so we want to meet up.”

As for the rest of the band? “I tried to have contact but nobody’s reached out. So…whatever.”

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