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Morgan Spurlock, 'One Direction: This Is Us' Director: Zayn Malik 'Struggled The Most' With Touring Demands

03/31/2015 06:21 pm ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015

Morgan Spurlock got to know the men of One Direction pretty well while he was directing their documentary "This Is Us," and he told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that he always knew ex-member Zayn Malik struggled with fame.

Malik, who Spurlock called "probably my favorite guy in the band" and "probably the best singer in the group," announced last week that he was leaving One Direction to return to being "a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

Spurlock told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri that he saw that sentiment in Malik from the time they met:

He always struggled with being on the road. He's a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him -- which was something none of them ever predicted -- but I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, "I'm done."

Unbeknownst to Spurlock, a Malik solo track called "I Won't Mind" was uploaded online less than a week after his departure was announced, leading to speculation that Malik actually left the band to pursue his own career.

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  • When He Casually Rocked This Beanie And Scarf
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    Hello Zayn off-duty!
  • And When He Wore A Turtleneck On The Red Carpet
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  • Twice.
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    Bold. We like.
  • When He Wore A Kerchief To The Brit Awards
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  • And A Bow The Year Before
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  • When He Paired His Leather Jacket With A Plaid Scarf
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    With a side of sexy gaze.
  • And Looked Like A Total Heartthrob In This Black And White Ensemble
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    Swoon.
  • This Outfit.
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    SLAY.
  • And This Jacket With A Betty Boop Patch
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    So fun.
  • When He Rocked The Canadian Tuxedo
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    You can come visit anytime, Zayn.
  • And Wore This All-Black Number
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    HOT.
  • This Dapper Look.
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    AND THAT HAIR!!
  • He Can Even Pair Black And Brown Together And Still Look Good!
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    Men, take note.
  • This Adorable Suit
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    Paired with kicks, obv.
  • And This Double Breasted Jacket
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    + that hair curl.
  • When He Added A Touch Of Gold To His Outfit
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  • And Wore A Ponytail While Off-Duty
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    If only we could see him in a man bun!
  • When He Rocked This Amazing Printed Sweater
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    Florals look good on you, Zayn.
  • And Tied A Bandana Around His Neck
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    Because why not?
  • And Perfectly Paired This Printed Shirt With A Vest And Jeans
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    On point.
  • 1D Will Never Be The Same.
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    *Insert sobbing emoji here*.
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