One Direction’s Zayn Malik Says He’s Tired of Twitter Abuse — And Worried for Harry Styles

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Zayn Malik is often referred to as the coolest member of One Direction. But under the tattoos and nonchalant behavior, the young singer is still struggling with his newfound fame.

In August, Malik, 19, quit Twitter, citing “all the useless opinions and hate” as the reason for his departure. And while he reactivated his account 48 hours later, he was still deeply hurt by the remarks — many of which attacked the singer for his religion.

Malik received racist remarks via Twitter after posting a photo of him with his girlfriend, Perrie Edwards, and his family celebrating Eid, a Muslim holiday. “I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in,” Malik toldThe Sun.

What else did Malik have to say?

“I don’t think you should stick it in people’s faces,” he continued. “I think you should just keep it to yourself, and that’s how I’ve always been with it. I just had seen a few things that had annoyed me. I thought we had moved away from that and we’re living in the 21st century and people could accept people from different religions. It shouldn’t have wound me up, but it did.”

As Celebuzz previously reported, bandmate Liam Payne is especially worried for Malik, who he said is not “quite accustomed to all of this.”

“I don’t think he’s quite adjusted to it yet, I’m sure he’ll get it,” Payne told The Sun. “He’s my best mate. I’ve got to look out for him.”

Meanwhile, Malik revealed he’s most concerned for bandmate — and constant tabloid target — Harry Styles, saying, “He is the baby of the group, but people seem to forget that because of the way that he is and that he is so charming.”

Despite being able to laugh off most of the rumors, Malik said at times, the constant media attention on Styles is unsettling.

“So it is a little bit upsetting sometimes if you see him with the weight of the world on his shoulders. It does annoy us a bit. He’s a young kid, and people are just giving him grief for no reason,” he said.

One Direction are currently gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Take Me Home. Louis Tomlinsonexclusively toldCelebuzz that fans can expect a more “mature” album this time around.

“Obviously, there aren’t that many big changes, but I do think it’s just a better album,” he said. “It does sound a bit more mature. We want the album to grow with us. We’re a year older, so our music sounds a bit older, I suppose.”

Take Me Home hits shelves Nov. 13.