Zayn Malik has more ''freedom'' to wear what he wants since leaving One Direction.

The 23-year-old singer songwriter has admitted he is able to wear ''whatever'' now he has embarked on a solo music career, which allows him to be more ''creative'' and experimental with his ensemble and have a say in what garments he wants to wear.

Speaking to Elle magazine about how his style has changed since he ditched his fellow band members, including Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, he said: ''Since leaving One Direction I've been given the freedom to be able to wear whatever I want and that's made it more interesting. More creative. I can say I want to wear metal arms and it'll happen.''

And the dark haired hunk has revealed he does not like to use social media and refrains from using his phone to take selfies.

He explained: ''As much as social networking is a big thing now, there's something to be said about having something real, if I had a choice I would take the camera off everyone's iPhone and make sure we didn't have Twitter or Facebook. It affects art form. There's something to be said about living in the moment. I try to keep my phone for calls.''

Meanwhile the 'PillowTalk' hitmaker - who is currently dating supermodel Gigi Hadid and have allegedly moved in to a Los Angeles home together - has revealed the pair are compatible because their career paths are similar.

He said: ''She's super intelligent, I think that's why it works so well. And we do the same type of job so we get that with each other.

''I have a lot of respect for women because of them. They are so strong, powerful and do everything themselves.''