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In this Oct. 28, 2016 photo, singer Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction, poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, Calif., to promote his new book, "Zayn." (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik revealed he battled an eating disorder


In his new autobiography, former One Direction member Zayn Malik revealed that he battled an eating disorder while he was in the boy band. 

The singer wrote in is autobiography "Zayn," which hit shelves Tuesday, that he would sometimes go days without eating, according to CNN

When I look back at the images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was.
Zayn Malik

In an interview with the Associated Press, the 23-year-old explained that he would get so busy while touring that he would forget to eat. 

"It was just more down to losing track of, you know, actually eating and being super busy and getting caught up with other things that 17 or 18-year-olds do, which normally entails them going out, drinking or partying, so it was a mixture of everything," Malik said. 

Malik, who was never formally diagnosed with an eating disorder but recognized it as such in hindsight, said it is now under control. He attributed his struggle with food to feeling a lack of control in his life at the time. 

Malik dropped out of the boy band in March 2015 saying he felt lost and wanted to go another direction with his music. 

Earlier this year he released his solo album "Mind of Mine." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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