Zayn Malik Releases Solo Ballad On Heels of One Direction Exit

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Zayn Malik announced less than a week ago that he was leaving One Direction behind. Now the former boy band member has released his first solo song.

'I Won't Mind' came out on Monday--first on Soundcloud, then later on YouTube. It is a soft ballad featuring Zayn Malik's vocals against a background of acoustic guitar.

A rep for Zayn Malik confirmed that yes, it is the former One Direction member, singing the song. The song is produced by Naughty Boy Music, and the company--known for working with music greats like Sam Smith--was accused of starting trouble with Zayn's former One Direction mate Louis Tomlinson.

Naughty Boy raised Louis Tomlinson's ire by retweeting a video that included the words, "Naughty Boy Saved My Life Zaughty." It seems Louis took it as a reference to Zayn Malik having left One Direction.

Naughty Boy said the message wasn't about Malik. That doesn't necessarily ring true, however.

Billboard jumped on the bandwagon and helped promote Zayn Malik's new song.

What's your take on Zayn Malik's new song. 'I Won't Mind?' Do you think he was already working on his solo music before he left One Direction?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.