Zayn Malik has parted ways with his long-term manager amid claims he’s ‘difficult to work with’.
The singer, 25, was dealt a blow on Monday after Sarah Stennett, co-founder of First Access Entertainment, officially cut ties with the musician.
The pair first started working together following Zayn’s departure from One Direction in 2015, but their relationship is said to have come under pressure as he refused to tour and promote his first album Mind Of Mine.
Sources told Variety that Zayn ruffled many feathers at the management company for allegedly being ‘challenging to work with, declining many promotional opportunities and not touring behind his last album’.
Zayn appeared to have a change of heart for his upcoming untitled album – set to be released in June – and is currently planning and rehearsing for a tour to promote his latest tracks.
Despite agreeing to promote his next music venture, the fractured relationship seemingly couldn’t be repaired, with First Access Entertainment deciding to terminate their relationship with the Dusk ‘Till Dawn hit maker.
Sarah – who ranked number 89 on the Billboard Power 100 2018 – is a co-founder of the company that also manages big names such as Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Nicole Scherzinger.
The music mogul confirmed the news to the publication, and responded: ‘Sometimes in life you have to make extremely difficult decisions to effect positive change for everyone.’
Zayn is the second big name to part ways with the London-based management team in the last few months; at the start of 2018 pop singer Ellie Goulding left the company on good terms after a decade of working with them.
The company also suffered a devastating loss in November after the death of rapper Lil Peep, who passed away following an accidental drug overdose.
The news comes after Zayn candidly revealed that his new single is about ex Gigi Hadid, spilling the details to Ryan Seacrest on his KISS FM radio show on Friday that he was ‘in love’ at the time.
Zayn who wrote the song seven or eight months prior to their breakup, told the radio host: ‘I was aspiring to be in love with someone for the rest of my life and the rest of theirs, as we all do.
‘Things change and we move forward in life. Times change, but that’s what I was thinking when I wrote it.’
The self proclaimed ‘lover boy’ couldn’t disagree with Seacrest when he suggested that the ups and downs of life make for good music.
‘We go through experiences so we have memories and stories and things to write down and contemplate and think about,’ Malik said.