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Zayn Malik opens up about how his mum helped him overcome his eating disorder

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Zayn Malik has spoken publicly about having a "serious" eating disorder while he was in One Direction, and now he's sharing how his mum helped him overcome it.

"It was something I was dealing with in the band," he told The Sunday Times Style magazine. He clarified that the experience wasn't "specifically an eating disorder", but called it a "control thing." 

Given the hectic lifestyle of a chart-topping pop musician, "It was the one area where I could say, ‘No, I'm not eating that," he said. "Once I got over the control, the eating just came back into place, super naturally."

Zayn Malik has spoken publicly about having a "serious" eating disorder while he was in One Direction, and now he's sharing how his mum helped him overcome it. © PA Wire/PA Images Zayn Malik has spoken publicly about having a "serious" eating disorder while he was in One Direction, and now he's sharing how his mum helped him overcome it.

Zayn left One Direction in March 2015. During his time away, he took the opportunity to reconnect with the people most important to him, namely, his mum.

"I came back to the U.K. and spent some time with my mum and got some TLC, and she cooked me food and I got back in touch, mentally, with a lot of the things I'd lost."

The 'Pillowtalk' singer said he wanted to push back against stereotypes that only women experience struggles with food intake.

"People saw strength in that, and they didn't seem to expect it from a guy, but they expect it from a female, which to me is crazy. We're all human. People are often afraid to admit difficulties, but I don't believe that there should be a struggle with anything that's the truth." 

Zayn has appeared to find happiness with girlfriend Gigi Hadid. He gushed over the 21-year-old model during his interview and even revealed the special nicknames they have for each other.

"I call her Gee, she calls me Zee," he said. "There's some other nicknames too, but I'll keep those private."

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