Written by Melanie Burton, June 21, 2016

Zayn Malik, who recently pulled out of the Capital FM Summertime Ball due to anxiety issues, now says he’s trying his best to eat well again after his lifestyle started to take a toll on his health.

“I’ve not been feeling too well recently because I’ve been partying too much and not looking after myself and eating enough food. I’m just trying to take care of myself,” he tells Paper magazine.

“There’ve been a few moments where I’ve been really taken aback… I feel like everybody looks for some sort of approval from some form in their life, and my fans are my approval. It’s a sense of achievement that you can’t really explain.” Poor Zayn!

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Meanwhile, the 23-year-old singer who is dating Gigi Hadid, has spoken out about his frustration in not being able to dye his hair or grow facial hair during his time in One Direction because it made him look ‘old’.

“Facial hair was a weird thing. I think it’s ’cause I just looked old. And they didn’t like that. [And] I always wanted a beard! I think every dude does when they’re young.”

“Seeing Al Pacino in ‘Carlito’s Way’ — I needed the goatee after that. I was like, ‘I wanna be Al Pacino.’ I’ve always been obsessed with that, and I had to shave it off. I used to get a bit sad.”

We love you Zayn!

Zayn and Gigi in their Vogue photoshoot

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