Zayn Malik is known as a singer and recording musician. He is famous for being one of the five members of One Direction which was highly successful and popular English-Irish boy band.
Zayn Malik was born as Zain Javadd Malik on January 12, 1993 in Bradford. His hometown is located in the district of West Yorkshire in Northern England. He is of English and Pakistani ancestry. His father, Yaser Malik, is English-Pakistani and his mom, Patricia is English. He has an older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. The Malik family grew as devout followers of the Muslim religion.
Malik experienced childhood in East Bowling, which is found south of the Bradford downtown area. He went to Lower Fields Primary School and Tong High School in Bradford. As a young man, he took performing arts courses and appeared in school productions.
Malik’s band, One Direction reached the popular music charts with their first single, "What Makes You Beautiful," when it was released in September 2011 in the United Kingdom. Their debut album collection, Up All Night, was a success in both the United Kingdom and the United States in 2012. Malik toured broadly with One Direction, meeting the band's young female fans all over the world.
Malik astonished fans by dropping out of the group’s tour in March 2015. A representative for the band tweeted that "Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate." Malik declared that he was abandoning One Direction for good to pursue a solo career. On his Facebook account, he said, “After five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”
As a member of One Direction, Malik was considered as the "bad boy" of the group, because of his edgy conduct, his numerous tattoos and his colored, pompadour-like hairdo. Since he entered the public spotlight, he has dated Geneva Lane, Rebecca Ferguson and Perrie Edwards. Those women were all former X-Factor contest challengers.
Malik got engaged in to Perrie Edwards in August of 2013. She was singer with the group, Little Mix. The pair separated two years after the engagement. Malik at that point started a relationship with model Gigi Hadid in late 2015. It only lasted three years as the two broke up with each other in March 2018.
Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020