Ex One Direction star continues to surprise fans
James Moore

09:54 11th August 2015

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik appears to have accepted Tyler the Creator’s offer of a collaboration. See the tweets below. 

Malik left One Direction in March, explaining in a statement that he was eager to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” With all the buzz surrounding his solo venture, we doubt that’ll be happening any time soon.

He’s already signed a solo deal with RCA Records, the same imprint as A$AP Rocky, Miley Cyrus and Foo Fighters, explaining that he’s eager to make “real music.”

Tyler started the correspondence on Twitter over the weekend. "Hi @zaynmalik, I have beautiful instrumentals and you have a voice lets figure this out my guy. Epic album cuts tho no radio singles".

Now, Malik has responded and is clearly eager to join forces. "@fucktyler sounds sick BRO let do some shit!," he replied. See both of the tweets below. 

Images recently emerged of Malik in the studio with producer Malay, who’s previously worked with Angel Haze, John Legend and, most notably in this instance, Frank Ocean.

Billboard also reported that Malik has signed a deal with Turn First artists, the management company representing Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea.

Zayn's decision to team up with the always outspoken and controversial Tyler The Creator marks another leap away from the looming shadow of One Direction and their legions of loyal fans. We're interested to see what the two individuals will cook up together.

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