"To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band", he says.
"Yeah we spoke about that, we're in touch, everything is on a civil level..." said Zayn about the "Back To You" singer, continuing "It's not the way it used to be. So we're mates again, I suppose".
Zayn quit the boy band in 2015 and his departure was less than acrimonious.
Speaking candidly to US Weekly about his relationship with the boys since leaving the band two years ago, the solo star, 24, admitted that he didn't expect to stay in touch with Harry as he never really interacted with him beforehand.
Of the five lads, Zayn was the first to drop a post-1D solo record, 2016's Mind of Mine; his former bandmates have all followed suit with their own respective solo projects since they went on hiatus in early 2016, though Harry Styles is the first, after Zayn, to put out a full solo album. This time, he revealed he was never really even talked to the 23-year-old when they were both still in the same band, and therefore had no expectations of keeping a relationship with him alive after he exited the group.
Despite the ups and downs, Malk said he's not against the idea of a band reunion.
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"Never say never", he told the magazine.
Malik is now hard at work on a second album, the follow-up to 2015's "Mind of Mine".
We wonder what Harry would say about this one... "I don't know. It just depends on how I'm feeling at that time".
Malik said now he has been busy working with some "big people" on his new record. "I'm glad he's doing what he likes, and good luck to him".
"My writing's grown and I feel like I've grown".
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