Zayn Malik (born Zain Javadd Malik, 12.01.1993)
Zayn Malik is a singer in the band One Direction.
Zayn Malik: Childhood
Zayn Malik was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. His parents Yaser and Tricia are of British Pakistani nationality.
He grew up in East Bowling and attended Lower Fields Primary School and later Tong High School where he struggled to fit in due to his heritage.
Zayn Malik: Musical career
Zayn Malik auditioned for 'The X Factor' in 2010 as a solo artist but was put in a band with Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson after none of them made it to Judges Houses. They soon decided on the name One Direction.
The band came third on the show but were still signed to Simon Cowell's Syco Records after he mentored them.
They have won two BRIT awards, three Teen Choice awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. They have even managed to break a Guinness World Record when they became the first British band to debut their first album at number one in the US charts.
Zayn Malik: Personal life
Zayn Malik is addicted to smoking cigarettes but has mentioned that he would like to quit.
He has expressed his Islamic beliefs publicly on Twitter.
He is currently dating Little Mix's Perrie Edwards but allegedly cheated on her in early 2013. He has since denied the rumours.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
History could be about to repeat itself as the former boy band singer takes his career in a new direction, just like Robbie Williams before him.
Zayn Malik has come a long way in the five years since he hid backstage during 'X Factor' bootcamp, too afraid to dance in front of the cameras and judges. These days, the 22-year-old heartthrob is used to performing for tens of thousands of screaming fans in One Direction's sell-out arena tours.
Zayn could be heading in the right direction
And now, it emerges, he's taking the bold step of going solo, just months after sensationally quitting the band in March. Zayn has bagged himself a new record deal with RCA, home of Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, and he's promising to show a new side to himself, tweeting '#REALME' after signing the contract, and posting a photo at the studio.
Continue reading: Is Zayn Malik The Next Robbie Williams?
'Drag Me Down' appeared early on Friday morning, and with no radio airplay or promotion ahead of its release, it still reached the top of the iTunes and Spotify charts in double-quick time.
Just a day after Zayn Malik said that he had left them to make “#realmusic”, One Direction are showing that life continues without him as they dropped their first single as a quartet on Friday morning, entitled ‘Drag Me Down’.
The single made a surprise appearance on the iTunes store and Spotify at around 6:30am on Friday (July 31st), followed by its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 a couple of hours later. 1D’s Liam Payne also tweeted a link to the iTunes store, saying “Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It’s called ‘Drag Me Down’ & I hope you love it as much as we do.”
One Direction in Sweden
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The 22 year old quit One Direction back in March, and is now making the first steps towards a solo career.
Zayn Malik is getting the next step in his career under way with the news that he’s signed a solo recording deal with the major label RCA, announcing in the process that he intends to make “#realmusic’.
On Wednesday (July 29th), Billboard revealed that the 22 year old ex-One Directioner has also signed up with management company Turn First, who also look after Iggy Azalea, and will be working with R&B producer Malay, somebody who has worked with the likes of John Legend and Frank Ocean.
Zayn Malik is going it alone with RCA
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Signs Solo Record Deal With RCA
Ex-One Directioner Zayn Malik’s latest twitter spat is with his former BBF, producer Naughty Boy.
It seems that the friendship and musical collaboration between Zayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy is official over, after the ex-One Direction member aimed some not subtle tweets at his former friend. The pair were thought to be working together on Zayn’s solo material ever since the 22 year old announced his departure from the boyband in March.
Zayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy appear to have had a falling out.
On Monday Malik tweeted, "NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you.” Later following up with, "Someone learned how to upload a video... maybe now he should learn how to use logic ha you ain't s*** but a faker.”
1D's leader is looking forward to the band's North American tour, which starts on July 9th.
Ahead of their North American tour, Harry Styles has claimed that the new One Direction shows have been “some of the best we’ve had” and that the group has not been knocked off its stride despite Zayn Malik’s highly publicised departure earlier this year.
Styles was speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the latest leg of their ‘On The Road… Again’ tour kicking off in San Diego on July 9th. The massive stadium tour has suffered from a dip in ticket sales, but that hasn't affected the band's mindset at all.
One Direction performing in Sweden in 2015
The Little Mix singer has been the subject of a vocal backlash campaign on social media ever since her fiancee quit the band earlier this year.
Perrie Edwards has spoken out to try to quell the criticism aimed her way ever since her fiancée Zayn Malik quit One Direction. Edwards has been consistently accused by 1D fans of encouraging Zayn to leave the band back in March, but she denies playing any role in his departure.
The Little Mix star, 21, spoke matter-of-factly to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, asserting that Zayn came to the decision himself: “People have said did I do this, did I do that? No matter what decision he made, I was always going to support him. If he'd wanted to stay, I would have supported him just the same as I have done since he's left… …If he's happy then I'm happy.”
Perrie Edwards did not persuade Zayn Malik to leave 1D
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Decided By Himself To Quit 1D, Says Perrie Edwards
The hashtag #ZaynIsComingBack had been trending, but a rumoured return for Malik would now seem to be put to rest.
Over the last week or so, rumours had been escalating that that 22 year old Malik, who quit the group citing exhaustion during their tour of the Far East back in March, was set to make a sensational U-turn and rejoin the boyband.
1D will be remaining as a foursome, despite some rumours that Zayn Malik would be returning
There's no ring on that finger. Yet.
No, Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards are not married. Yet. Probably. After rumours started circulating in certain online circles this week (looking at you, Tumblr), it seems that the rumours were in fact, greatly exaggerated.
Zayn Malik - still not married.
Continue reading: Calm Down, Internet, Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards Are Not Married
Liam Payne has reassured fans that he and the boys are not going anywhere following Zayn Malik's exit.
"Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy..." because Liam Payne says One Direction are here to stay. Speaking backstage at Capital's Summertime Ball with Vodafone at London's Wembley Stadium yesterday (June 6), Liam addressed rumours of the phenomenally successful boy band's imminent split, saying, "We don't know where that came from because we've got loads of stuff going on."
Right direction: Liam says the band aren't going anywhere
"We have just started the process for recording the new album, we've got a whole new tour going on, there are some really good songs so I don't think we are going anywhere for a while."
Continue reading: One Direction Aren't Splitting, Says Liam
Gallagher sounded off again about Zayn's departure from 1D almost three months ago on James Corden's 'The Late, Late Show'.
Noel Gallagher has spoken out on Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction in a new interview, expressing disbelief at the star’s choice not to tough it out with the group as, in his view, they have “at most, five years left”.
The former Oasis songwriter was talking to James Corden on ‘The Late, Late Show’ on Monday night, and said that he failed to grasp why Zayn would choose to quit the band when the group had a limited lifespan in any case. “I can't understand why he would do it,” he said, “because they've only got, at most, five years left.”
One Direction in happier times
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The band and its new line-up appeared on James Corden's The Late Late Show
The news that Zayn Malik had left One Direction shook pop fans all across the world and devoted followers of the band have been left devastated that their once fabulous five have gone down to a frugal four.
One Direction: From five to four
However, 1D have proved that they’re ready to move on having made their first appearance without Zayn on James Corden’s Late Late Show in America.
After Louis and Zayn’s twitter spat the band are looking to move on with an awards show appearance.
One Direction will be appearing at next weekend’s Billboard Music Awards, in their first public outing since Zayn Malik quit the band back in March. Billboard have confirmed that Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan will all be in attendance at the ceremony, where they will be presenting a trophy.
One Direction, now without Zayn Malik.
The group will surely be hoping to put recent dramas behind them with the appearance as they step out for the first time as a fourpiece. Last month former member Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since leaving the band, at the Asian Awards in London.
All it took was one very 'naughty boy' to start a boyband Twitter fight of epic proportions.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao might have been billed as the fight of the century last weekend, but don’t underestimate the drama which can occur when a former boyband member, his producer and his ex-bandmate get into a twitter spat. Yes just over a month after One Direction went from five to four, it appears the gloves are well and truly off between former member Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.
Zayn announced his departure from the boyband back in March.
It all started on Wednesday afternoon, when producer Naughty Boy, who’s been working with Zayn on solo material, tweeted an pic of the pair using an image filter along with the caption, ‘Replace this’.
Malik's friend, producer Naughty Boy, also got involved in the social media spat on Wednesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, a notable feud broke out on Twitter between Malik and remaining 1D member Louis Tomlinson, later continued on Zayn’s behalf by his producer friend Naughty Boy. For the first time, it indicates that there might be bad blood surrounding Malik’s departure after all.
Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards ceremony last month
Continue reading: Twitter Feud Between Zayn Malik And Louis Tomlinson
Zayn Malik has changed his Twitter handle and bio, removing all reference to his former band One Direction. Although this was inevitable (Malik left the band in March), his fans appear unable to accept this and have taken to social media to mourn.
Zayn Malik has deleted all references to One Direction on his Twitter account. His Twitter handle, which was @ZaynMalik1D until yesterday (Thursday 30th April), has been changed to just @ZaynMalik. The 22-year-old has also deleted the link to the One Direction website from his bio. To say One Direction fans are taking this recent update badly is something of an understatement.
Zayn Malik with his mother at the 5th Annual Asian Awards in London in April.
Date of birth
12th February, 1993