Zayn Malik, the 23-year-old singer left the boy band One Direction in March and while the remaining members - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan - said in interviews that they had been in touch with him, Zayn claims he tried to reach out and they rejected him.

He told L'Uomo Vogue: "The truth is I haven't spoken to any of the boys at all really, I spoke to Liam a bit and that's just the way it is.

"I did try to reach out to a couple of people and they didn't get back to me, but then publicly, when they were asked questions about it, said that they'd spoken to me and that we were friends.

"But that's not the case, I tried to reach out and be their friend but they haven't even replied to any of my calls or texts."

However, Zayn insisted there is no animosity between him and the band and he simply left because they weren't making the type of music he wanted to create.

He said: "To be honest, I mentally and physically distanced myself from what I was doing creatively because I didn't want any part of it really. It didn't feel like I was really being me.

"[There is] no competition between me and the boys. I didn’t leave for any reasons of animosity, I just wanted to do me.

"I just want this album to be about me and me standing on my own two feet. I’ve sung with four other voices for over four years now so I want to hear myself, alone for once."