The artist talks about his struggles while touring with ‘One Direction’
Zayn Malik has opened up about having an uncontrollable eating disorder while touring with One Direction in 2014. In fact, the star admitted there were days when he wouldn’t eat for several days.
He explained: “When I look back at images of myself from November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was. Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.
It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was.”
And the 23-year-old artist’s firmly believes this was all in an attempt to regain control. He shared in his self-titled book: “I think it was about control. I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.
I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of my life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”
Speaking of food, Zayn has been treating his girlfriend Gigi Hadid to his favorite meal – baked beans for breakfast.
She shared: “I usually eat breakfast or have coffee before I do anything. I live near the Smile, and I love their scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. I drink orange juice and coffee always. At home I love scrambled eggs and toast; it’s just an easy go-to. My boyfriend, being British, got me into breakfast beans, so that’s what I’ve been eating lately.”