Ever wonder where he’d be today if Zayn Malik had never auditioned for X-Factor UK and joined One Direction back in 2010? We have answers!

In a recent interview, the “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” singer revealed that if he wasn’t singing, he would still want to be doing something that gives him a creative outlet — like poetry! Because he’s a songwriter, Z thinks anything involving writing would be a perfect fit:

“I think about that quite a lot. I think about alternative realities. I think I’d be at university and I would have done my English degree. I think I’d be looking for some employment to do with English lecturing or literature.”

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In case you missed it, this is what Zayn thinks of girlfriend Gigi Hadid’s latest magazine cover!

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