Tom Parker empathises with Zayn Malik wanting a normal life

Tom Parker can relate to Zayn Malik wanting to lead a "normal life" because he found his former band The Wanted's "intense schedule" hard going

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Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick

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Tom Parker has likened The Wanted's split to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.

The 27-year-old singer can empathise with Zayn wanting to lead a "normal life" as the 'Glad You Came' hitmaker experienced a taste of the "intense" lifestyle the 1D lads led.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "I was watching an interview with Zayn Malik, he hit the nail on the head. He felt like he didn't have creative input into it, which from my side I feel like we were on the same page, even though we had different tastes. But, I do feel like we were in control. But, I do get what he said about the schedule being so intense. I think for him it was nice to step away from everything and it was the same for us. It has been nice to step away and find my own feet."

And while Tom - who has launched a solo career as a DJ and producer - is enjoying time away from being in the band, he said he'd happily get back together with his former bandmates, Nathan Sykes, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Jay McGuiness.

Asked if he'd reunite with The Wanted - who have been on an extended break since 2014 - he said: "100 per cent from my side. I wouldn't even think twice about it. I loved it, I loved being in a band. I love all of the boys."

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