In an excerpt from his highly-anticipated self-titled autobiography, the One Direction singer opens up about battling an eating disorder while he was a member of One Direction. The "Pillowtalk" singer revealed going two or three days without a meal was not uncommon for him while he was on tour.
"Something I've never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder," Malik writes in an excerpt from his autobiography which came out yesterday. "I'd just go for days -- sometimes two or three days straight -- without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn't recognize it for what it was."
The singer who is currently dating Gigi Hadid said that his eating disorder reached its height in November of 2014.
"When I look back at images of myself ... before the final tour, I can see how ill I was,' he wrote. "The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits."
The singer, who is looking noticeably happier and healthier these days, attributes his battle with feeling a lack of control in his life at the time.
"Food was something I could control, so I did," he wrote.
Malik's latest revelation puts a spotlight on not just a common reason for developing an eating disorder, but also highlights that the cultural pressure to be "thin" isn't lost on men. While women are more likely than men to acquire an eating disorder, it does not mean men go untouched by cultural idealization of thinness. What's more, Malik's words reveal that though some people have developed eating disorders as a result of body image issues, factors such as a lack of control in a person's life can lead someone down a path of eating disorders.