ZAYN MALIK spent five years in ONE DIRECTION . . . but he wasn't friends with anyone else in the group. He says, quote, "I ain't spoke to any of them for a long time . . . that's just the way it is.
"There's things that happen and things that were said after I left [three years ago]. Snide things. Small things that I'd never have expected . . . People take [success] different ways . . . the relationships had broken apart."
Even before that, he was always a loner . . . quote, "I've always [been] a bit of an island. I don't like to confer with too many people."