Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2014.
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March 27, 2015 7:14 AM EDT

Zayn Malik admits that even he was surprised by the worldwide reaction to his announcement that he was leaving One Direction.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper in the U.K. on Friday, the 22-year-old said that the past week – which saw him leave the band’s tour, return home to London and subsequently quit the band – has left him “feeling quite interesting.”

But he doesn’t regret making the decision to walk away from the biggest boy band in the world.

“It is crazy and wild and a bit mad,” he admitted in an interview conducted Thursday. “But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”

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