Zayn Malik is a changed man.

The “Pillowtalk” singer has been open about his struggles with an eating disorder, but few know about his difficult recovery process. Z set the record straight in a new interview, saying it was a “control thing” that distracted him from a hectic life with One Direction.

Z credits his mom for getting him back on track:

“It was the one area where I could say, ‘No, I’m not eating that,” Zayn spilled. “Once I got over the control, the eating just came back into place. I came back to the U.K. and spent some time with my mum and got some TLC, and she cooked me food and I got back in touch, mentally, with a lot of the things I’d lost.”

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Since leaving the group, Z said his anxiety is a thing of the past. We’re so happy to hear that!

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