"I just felt like I needed to put myself out there on that just because it was a form of therapy for me and it did help get me through some s***", he toldin an interview.
"Can she stop being in every god damn music video????" said Brianne Bugeja.
In the music video of the song, Zayn looked incredibly in pained and pensive, making us feel for him and swoon at the same time. The video stars Zayn and Nicola Peltz of Bates Motel.
But you never forget your first fiancee... we presume.
Malik quieted those critiques this week by releasing a NSFW remix of "Pillowtalk" on iTunes that featured Lil Wayne.
The video takes a different angle from his first single "Pillowtalk" which features girlfriend Gigi Hadid, and showcases Zayn in a more grown up light. "She don't give a f*** about what I need", the lyrics read.
The track is the second single from Malik's highly anticipated solo debut Mind of Mine, which is set to drop on March 25th.
Obviously Zayn had been part of the biggest boy band in the world, so going it alone - and having angered a large proportion of the One Direction fandom in quitting - was always going to be risky.