Zayn Malik has been out of the limelight as of late. Turns out its because he has moved to the middle of nowhere (literally) to recreate The Simple Life. And this is no television show. He is busy connecting with nature and milking cows to find a peace of mind and take some time of for himself.
In a new profile with Billboard, the typically-shy Zayn Malik was candid about his need to stay away from the public eye and live that temporary life of being grounded and mere simplicity.
“I’m taking things at my own pace, eating well, not going too crazy,” former One Direction member explained. “Making sure we have dinnertime.”
For reasons unbeknownst to us common folk, that meant living for the better part of the summer and fall on a “working farm” in rural Pennsylvania with a private studio nearby for if, and when, any musical inspiration should strike. “[The farm] is just out of the way and feels grounded,” he said. “There’s not a lot of things around. I do a lot of farm work. Yeah, yeah, I take the horses out and feed the cows and that kind of stuff. It’s cool. I’ve always been interested in animals.”
According to the star, he fancies the farm life because it takes him back to his hometown in England’s countryside and he’s had a “rotating group of friends, family, and collaborators” join him in Pennsylvania since the first day to revel in the laid-back lifestyle. The farm crew includes all his close people – from his parents to his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. As he puts it about his beau, “It helps that she’s really organized. Thank God! Because I’m really not, so she helps organize my schedule around seeing her.”