Former One Direction member Zayn Malik, referred to as simply Zayn on all his official accounts now, has debuted his highly anticipated debut solo single, “Pillowtalk,” the first single off his forthcoming LP Mind of Mine. The surreal video stars his current girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid.
Bouha Kazmi, who has directed clips for Jay Z and Dum Dum Girls, helmed the provocative video for the smooth, sexy pop song. In the clip, Malik and Hadid are seen making out and holding each other as a number of visual effects distort and discolor them. Intercutting the couple’s intimate moments are scenes of the pair posing on the own and of other girls in various states of undress.
On Thursday, his first on-camera interview as a solo artist debuted on Beats 1, where the singer spoke with Zane Lowe about his decision to leave the boy band. “I always wanted to go, from the first year, really,” he told Lowe bluntly. “I never really wanted to be in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time.”
“Pillowtalk” and much of Mind of Mine was made in collaboration with Frank Ocean producer Malay, who in a statement called Malik “pure genius. An artists’ artist. A shining star with a genuine heart.”