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As everyone in the whole entire world has no doubt heard, Zayn Malik explained that the reason he decided to leave One Direction was to have a chance to be “a normal 22-year-old boy“.

Well, it looks like he’s been doing just that and after hitting the Asian Awards and showing off his newly shaved head, he’s been spending a lot of time in the studio with Naughty Boy (Zaughty) — not just making music, but hanging out with his friends.

Revealing just what they actually get up to down there, Zayn had a chat with The Sun this week and explained that it’s nice having the time to do every day things like cook for fiancee Perrie Edwards and watch silly vids on YouTube with his friends.

“All is good. I’m doing alright,” Zayn told The Sun when they met up with him and Naughty Boy.

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Chatting about why Zayn’s been spending so much time in the studio, Naughty Boy added that it’s not really about making solo music, but about having some time to be himself and hang out with his friends.

“He just wants to get out of the house and come here,” the producer said. “He’s doing things that he hasn’t done for years. Coming to the studio is his way of chilling and he’s here with his friends.”

In actual fact, it doesn’t sound like there was all that much music making going on, and they ended up talking all things Bollywood, which Zayn says is where he learned all those sexy dancing moves of his.

“I was a lover boy around the age of ten,” Zayn said. “I always had an idea from an early age what it was like to be in love — it was only later I figured it out!”

After that, Zayn and Naughty Boy apparently decided to show the reporter a clip of a hidden camera show where an actor pretends to be a killer clown, with Zayn saying: “It’s freaky as f***”.

If you’re wondering what else the Bradford Bad Boi has been up to over the last couple of weeks, he says it’s been mainly about relaxing and doing everyday things, including cooking up a storm for fiancee Perrie Edwards.

“I’m a good cook actually. I do all the cooking — you can ask,” he says. “My mum made all kinds of different food and I was always really interested as I wasn’t doing much else while at home.”

Yep, just when you thought you couldn’t fancy him more, Zayn reveals he can COOK. Ugh, life is so unfair.

But what do you make of all of this? Glad he’s getting some time off to do his own thing or reckon Ed Sheeran had a point when he said being a normal 22-year-old probs isn’t as fun as being in 1D?

From: Seventeen