BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Zayn Malik arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving
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Drama is usually bound to happen with boy bands after one member breaks away, and the cat claws of One Direction continue to be sharpened ever since Zayn Malik left the group. In an interview with NME, the solo artist commented on his distant relationship with his former bandmates for the umpteenth time (as if there isn't anything else he could discuss, like his new album perhaps?).

"I tried to have contact but nobody's reached out. So...whatever," Malik said. He seems to be over his boy band past, yet he does keep in contact with 1D's Liam Payne. He tells the magazine,

"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 [the group collected the British Video Award for 'Drag Me Down']. It was a good chat. We haven't met up in a long time so we want to meet up."

Malik also looked back on his final days in the band: "You can be in the eye of it if you choose to be or you can let it overwhelm you. I've kept a bit of my sanity, I know how the media works. I think that's why it came across as being mysterious or detached. I just didn't want to get caught up in something that wasn't real." 

The solo star's debut album, Mind of Mine, is set to arrive on March 25 via RCA. If you weren't already aware, we're celebrating Zayn Week on Fuse. Click here to read our complete guide to his album and vote for him in the second round of Battle of the Pop Fans!