One Direction star Zayn Malik has expressed his desire to go to university to study English because he loves to read.

The 20-year-old Live While We're Young singer, made the decision to leave his studies behind when he rose to fame on the X Factor in 2010, but Zayn revealed that he would like to return to education one day.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Malik said: ''If I wasn't doing this, I'd be at uni. I wanted to, and still quite want to, do an English degree. It's frustrating because I don't get any time to read on tour.

"I don't get time to call my mum and dad, never mind get stuck into a book. As soon as I try, I fall asleep. I do want to get a Kindle though, perhaps that would make it a bit easier.''

Malik, who is dating Perrie Edwards from girlband Little Mix, further revealed that he's still "scared" of getting into trouble with his parents, adding:

''Those four lads are the only ones who really understand how it is. They have my back with everything, but they'd tell me if I'm acting like a **** too. They'd be the first to tell me.

''Oh, and then I'd get a phonecall from my mum and dad - and when I do, I'm still like, '****!' You never outgrow being scared of your parents.''