• Zayn Malik says that it's "cool" and "sick" (in the good way) when guys find him attractive. (Getty Images, Michael Tran)Source: Getty Images, Michael Tran
The 23-year-old former One Directioner is "blessed" by anyone who makes it possible for him to do his thing.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

23 Jun 2016 - 1:22 PM  UPDATED 23 Jun 2016 - 1:26 PM

Former-boybander-gone-solo-act Zayn Malik is smoking - both literally and figuratively - on the cover of Paper magazine this month.

In the accompanying article, he opens up about the sexual nature of the album, saying that “it wasn’t a conscious decision to make [the album] sexual or refer to sex".

"I just found out that a lot of situations that I was in were quite sexual situations – all of the time," the singer said coyly, adding: “I enjoyed singing about [sex], clearly."

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Zayn, who is currently dating model Gigi Hadid, also opened up about his fanbase, saying: “If girls find me attractive, then that’s a cool thing. If guys find me attractive, then that’s a cool thing as well. It’s sick. It’s a compliment.”

He adds: “I’m blessed by whoever was up there to be who I am and be able to do what I do. I genuinely mean that.”

Trust us, Zayn. We are all blessed.