"The five of us had a tight chemistry almost from the word go. To backtrack a little bit, I felt we really clicked the first time when we met up at Harry’s step-dad’s bungalow. I arrived late ‘cos I had some family stuff going on. While that was sorted, my dad was saying to me that maybe I didn’t need to go to the rehearsals yet. He was going, ‘You can spend a bit more time at home before you go off.’ I wonder if he knew then that if the band worked I’d be leaving home pretty much for good? Maybe he was trying to hold on to me…"
Zayn Malik, Who We Are autobiography (via intoxicatemezm)
"I’m lucky enough to come from a large and very close family, so I’ve got mostly fantastic memories of my childhood. Growing up in Bradford, a town in the north of England, was interesting and sometimes a bit of a challenge. It’s a great area, and the sense of community and family is very strong there. When I was a kid, though, there were quite a few new families arriving and some moving on too, so the community was changing fairly rapidly. This had an impact on me simply because I’m mixed race. As a really young kid, it never crossed my mind that being Irish/English/Asian might cause some people an issue - I was just having a great time playing with my three sisters and friends. But as I got older, a few kids started asking questions, and that’s when I began to realise that some of them thought I was - how can I put it? - different. Kids always like to put things in a category - it’s just a part of childhood and growing up in a way, because it helps them understand stuff that’s around them. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just the way kids are. Kids are inquisitive. That’s fine when you’re at school and someone’s asking you which football team you support or what bands you’re into, but when I started to get a little older and joined in with various social groups at school, some of the kids started asking me questions that I just didn’t understand. ‘Where are your parents from?’ or ‘Where are you from?’ as well as ‘Why is your mum white and your dad brown?’ I can honestly say that when they asked that last one it had never even crossed my mind before, so I didn’t actually know what to say in reply. I was confused. Not confused about who I was and what was important to me but about why these kids were even interested in this stuff in the first place. I couldn’t understand why it had any relevance. It was baffling. I just thought, Why do you find that so interesting? What does it matter to you? My mum’s my mum and dad’s my dad."
Zayn Malik, who we are autobiography (via intoxicatemezm)
Zayn - Where We Are Tour: Philadelphia, PA (8.14.14) [x]
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