Singer Zayn Malik couldn’t know what to do when Taylor Swift praised his debut album.

The 23-year-old released Mind of Mine in March, along with the project immediately became a huge hit with fans helping it storm up of the charts around the globe, though the former One Direction star admits all of the attention became a little a lot of at times – particularly if it originated from someone like Taylor.

“I don’t get much feedback from my peers,” he told Dazed magazine. “I spoke a little to Taylor… at (girlfriend) Gigi’s (Hadid) house; we briefly spoke and he or she told me she really enjoyed the album. It was nice for getting some feedback. She said she thought I was cool and I style of blushed somewhat and didn’t understand how to take it.”

The latest interview – conducted before a panic attack forced Pillowtalk singer to cancel a gig in the CapitalFM Summertime Ball in London – also gives fans a glimpse in the singer’s discomfort with all the level of fame he’s achieved in five short years.

“I haven’t done much acclimatin’,” he confessed. “I’m just staying the way I am. I think that’s the simplest way to keep your sanity. You’ve had reached hold on to what you’re really and not let things reach your head, if you do, that’s when everything comes crashing down terribly.”

Zayn efforts to maintain a feeling of normality by not likely to every single showbiz party he’s invited to, preferring to pay time with Gigi, 21, relatives and buddies.

“I don’t have a tendency to go out much,” he stated. “I follow my own bubble, as it’s. Creatively and socially, I think, as I’m aging, that’s precisely the way I am.”

This entails Zayn will keep his head down while focusing on his music – he revealed he’s already started work with his second solo album.

“I’m just wanting to do an increasing number of,” he explained. “I’m excited to obtain more involved with every way in which I can… I just want for getting down to all the information. That’s my progression, learning my craft as being a solo artist. I’m type of itching somewhat. I want to work.”