Zayn Malik says he has stopped identifying as Muslim because he no longer 'believes any of it'
Malik further said in the interview, he plans to move through his life in a "nice way", and as per his beliefs, if he is a good person, things will go right for him
Zayn Malik is shying away from religion. In a new interview for British Vogue, the singer confirmed he no longer identifies himself as a Muslim, as he doesn't practice the religion anymore, neither does he "believe any of it".
During his interview, the musician reportedly told the publication, "I'm not professed to be a Muslim", and when asked if he would consider himself to be Muslim, he responded: "No, I wouldn't." The 'Pillowtalk' singer further clarified that although he still has a 'spiritual belief' in a god, he doesn't endorse Islam religious practices such as daily prayer and eating halal meat.
He said, "I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day." The singer then added, "I don’t believe any of it. I just believe if you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you."
Malik further said in the interview that he plans to move through his life in a "nice way", and as per his beliefs, if he behaves well, he will get treated the same. The star also added it was "really easy" for him to drop the religion with regards to his family, even though he did attend a mosque and study Islam while growing up.
Malik added that his parents had always given him as well as his siblings the chance to choose for themselves, adding that he was extremely grateful to have built his life around Islam. His father, Yaser is British-Pakistani and his mother Trisha converted to Islam after meeting her husband, and ever since, the couple raised their children to be Muslim.
As would be expected, the singer's comments on his religious preferences have sparked an enormous backlash from his fans online, since he was previously considered to be one of the world's most notable Muslims. The former One Direction star previously said, "I take a great sense of pride — and responsibility — in knowing that I am the first of my kind, from my background."
He added, "I'm not currently practicing but I was raised in the Islamic faith, so it will always be with me, and I identify a lot with the culture. But I'm just me. I don't want to be defined by my religion or my cultural background."
Malik's girlfriend Gigi Hadid too was brought up as a Muslim by her parents - Jordanian-American father Mohamed Hadid and Dutch-American mother, Yolanda. And, even though she has not spoken about her religious beliefs much, her sister Bella Hadid previously said in an interview: "[My father] was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim."