Different Strains of Weed Help Zayn Malik Write Different Kind of Songs

What’s Zayn smoking on today?

Zayn Malik is getting ready to drop his first solo album ever, which will introduce his whole new sound, and he’s spilling the secret to his best music ever. In an interview with Complex, the cover star revealed smoking weed gets his creative juices flowing, but only certain kinds of weed. “I smoke sometimes when I’m writing. Sometimes it helps with the creative process, depending on the strain of weed,” he said.

Malik confessed that he’s been smoking for quite some time, “I smoked quite a bit in school. I used to write raps and I found it was quite helpful in that department, coming up with words and different concepts. It helped me think outside the box.”

But the freedom to smoke weed isn’t the only thing that makes his upcoming album much different from the ones he made with One Direction. “There’s so many extra emotions tied into it because it’s a personal song. None of the songs that I wrote in One Direction were personal to me. Whenever we’d get an award or this or that, it was never something that I was emotionally attached to. Whereas with this, I am.”

Malik, who says he tries to keep his relationship with girlfriend Gigi Hadid as private as possible, also gave a little more insight as to why he ultimately left 1D. “There were certain restrictions in terms of the way that we could come outside of that young teen boy look,” he admitted. “Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn’t allowed to keep it. Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against

“Mainly my beard, honestly,” he continued, “I wasn’t allowed to keep it. Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it, and decided to keep it anyway. That was just because I looked older than the rest of them. That’s one of the things that is now quite cool. I get to keep my beard. I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn’t allowed to.”

Now the singer, who has gone through at least 15 hairstyles since leaving the band last year, can focus on what he believes to be most important, “Being real.”