03/11/2016 12:46 GMT | Updated 03/11/2016 16:05 GMT

Zayn Malik Opens Up About His Experiences Of Racism

'Just because I don’t dwell on those issues, doesn’t mean I don’t know.'

Zayn Malik has discussed his personal experiences of racism in a new interview.

The former One Direction star was born to a Pakistani father, and mother of Irish descent, and has now opened up about what it was like growing up as part of a mixed-race family in Bradford.

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“I never really dwelled on this in the past, but I do believe it is something that people should know — this is who I am, this is where I’ve come from. It’s not so much that it hurts — it’s what builds you as a person. What you learn from that. I have an understanding of certain issues,” he says. “Just because I don’t dwell on those issues, doesn’t mean I don’t know. I am aware of what things go on. I am aware that people grow up in racially segregated communities.”

Zayn is still promoting his debut album ‘Mind Of Mine’ which went to number one when it released in March this year.

He’s also just released an autobiography, which charts the last 12 months of his life, covering topics including his decision to leave One Direction, and his break-up from Perrie Edwards.

The ‘Pillowtalk’ singer also speaks for the first time about having previously suffered from an eating disorder.

Read Zayn’s full interview in the latest edition of ES Magazine. 

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