In March of 2015, One Direction
fans were shocked when Malik revealed he was leaving the group
to pursue a solo career. Over a year later, he tells ELLE
that he has no regrets. "At that time in my life I felt I had done everything I could do there and I just needed to change it up," Malik insists. "It didn't feel brave." On top of dating a model and having a great support system back home, the 23-year-old artist is also having a career high this year, but admits that he still struggles with anxiety and self confidence. "I just don't have it in me to feel fully secure in anything I do. I always strive towards something better," he confides. "It's why I think sometimes I come across the wrong way, a bit distant."