Zayn on the Cover of PAPER Magazine

Zayn recently landed the cover of Paper magazine for Summer 2016. They call it their “SEXY Issue” of the summer.

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PAPER reveals that Zayn sat down with them to talk about his second album, all while eating his grilled chicken and brown rice dinner. Zayn notes that he’s trying to eat healthier as an attempt to feel better after all that partying. Live it up, Zayn!

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When asked about the sexual references in Mind of Mine, Zayn says that it wasn’t a “conscious decision” to make the album about sex. However, he found that he enjoyed singing about it.

… I just found out that a lot of situations that I was in were quite sexual situations — all of the time.

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Zayn also acknowledges his “new look” and how fans have reacted to it. He was welcoming and accepting with his words by saying: “If girls find me attractive, then that’s a cool thing. If guys find me attractive, then that’s a cool thing as well. It’s sick. It’s a compliment.”

I’m blessed by whoever was up there to be who I am and be able to do what I do. I genuinely mean that.

He’s also particularly proud of the beard he’s sporting, one that he was allowed to grow during his time in One Direction. “I had to shave it off, he admits, “I used to get a bit sad.”

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Zayn tells PAPER that he genuinely appreciates his fans, that they are his form of approval. “It’s a sense of achievement that you can’t really explain,” he says.

He makes it clear that while he’s still finding himself and adapting to the extra time, his fans are still important to him.

Check out the rest of his interview and photos here.

Tweet us at @CelebMix and @CelebMixZayn what you think of the photoshoot!

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Written by Laura Huynh

California gal studying media and entertainment at UC Berkeley. Big fan of music, and big believer in Fate. Feel free to call me, beep me at laurahuynh17@gmail.com or @laurahuynh. xx