Date of Birth
12 December 1993, Bradford, England, UK
Zain Javadd Malik
Bradford Bad Boy
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Zayn Malik was born in Bradford, England, to Tricia (Brannan) and Yaser Malik, and is of Pakistani (father) and English-Irish (mother) descent. He had an early love for singing and performing, and at the age of 17 he competed in the television competition The X Factor. After judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell grouped him with fellow competitors Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson to form a new act, One Direction became one of the most popular finalists in their season of The X Factor.
Following the band's massive success, Malik left the group in 2015 to pursue a solo career. ZAYN signed with RCA Records and moved to Los Angeles, where he began working on his solo effort with James "Malay" Ho (Frank Ocean, Big Boi). His debut single, "Pillowtalk," was released in late January 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and his full-length debut album Mind of Mine was released on March 25, 2016.
ZAYN entered the fashion world in 2016 with his shoe collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti and began working on his Versus Versace link (to be released May 2017). In August of 2016, Malik also signed on to executive produce the new television series BOYS with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and Universal Pictures. The series is set to follow a boy band as they go through the waves of huge success similar to that of One Direction.
In late 2016, ZAYN re-entered the music world with the Taylor Swift assisted single, "I Don't Want To Live Forever" from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. The song dominated debuted at #1 on the Digital Songs chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Malik followed the single up in March of 2017 with "Still Got Time" featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR which is the first official single off ZAYN's upcoming sophomore album.
He was a member of boy band One Direction.
Had he not auditioned for The X Factor, he would have liked to do an English Degree at University in the hopes of becoming a teacher.
During the bootcamp rounds of The X Factor (2004) in 2010, Malik was noted for disappearing during the dance routine as he felt nervous and uncomfortable about dancing in front of people, as he said he "can't dance". Simon Cowell found him sitting backstage and convinced him to participate anyway because if he didn't he'd be ruining the opportunity for himself. Returning to the dance routine proved to be a good move as he was later put into boy band One Direction.
One Direction were formed at the bootcamp stage of The X Factor (2004) in 2010 when the judges felt Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan were too good to throw away, but not interesting enough to make it as soloists. The decision to put the five boys in the group proved to be popular as they made it to The X Factor final and were the only band to be included on the 2011 X Factor Tour.
He got over his fear of water when One Direction filmed the music video for "What Makes You Beautiful".
His first pet was a staffie dog named Tyson.
His favorite band is *NSYNC.
His first play was "Grease".
His father is of Pakistani descent. His mother has English, Irish, and distant Welsh, ancestry.
He is an artist, he even drew some of the pictures on One Direction's first album "Up All Night".
He has three sisters, one is older named Doniya and his younger sisters; Waliyha and Safaa.
United States and Canada on One Direction's US Tour. [May 2012]
In March 2015, he quit One Direction.
He can't swim.
Was in relationship with model Gigi Hadid in November 2015-March 2018.
One Direction's 2011/2012 UK tour sold out in just 12 minutes.
Mother, Patricia 'Tricia' Malik (born 1969) converted to Islam when she married Zayn's father Yaser. They got divorced 1997.
Zayn Malik didn't have a passport before he was on X Factor.
The reason I don't tweet as much as I used to, is because I'm sick of all the useless opinions and hate that I get daily. Goodbye Twitter.
You can say whatever you want about me, I'm not really bothered. But when it starts to upset people I care about or I hear about it from my mum, then that's a problem.
Everything is very black and white for me. I don't really like playing mind games.
Some girls like to say one thing and mean another. And me being who I am, I'm very straightforward. Everything is very black and white for me. I don't really like playing mind games.
I am a bit of a bad boy. I have tattoos and I mess around. That's part of my image, so it's cool.
When people are putting pressure on me I just completely ignore it.
I'm not one to get involved with what anyone says about me.
I love samosas filled with mincemeat. My mum makes really great ones.
I like the term 'misunderstood.' But I am a bit of a bad boy.
We needed to make a sound that's not gonna fit in with everything else - we wanted to make something that was completely unique and individual to us. We spent a lot of time trying to make a sound that was a One Direction sound. At first it was quite hard to do that, but I'm really happy with the sound.
I just love comic books. I've always loved comic book art, and I just think it's amazing.
When we were on 'The X Factor,' we didn't realize how overnight the fame thing was. We didn't really understand it until we went on a shopping trip. It was like Week 7 or 8 of the show. We went with a few other contestants and there were loads of people, packed.
If you meet a girl, you meet a girl. It's normal, so if you exchange numbers, whatevs, it's cool.
I'm a couch potato. I love to stay in and just watch a DVD with the missus. Or we all go over to Louis's house and watch 'X Factor.'
It's pretty strange because you have images of people in your head when you left, then you just think they're going to be the same when you come back, like time freezes. I have sisters and from the ages of 11 to 13 - it's a big change for girls.
One Direction is the main thing I'm doing and I'm 100 per cent dedicated to the group.
Our parents are obviously proud, but they're still trying to get used to the fact that we're in a band. I have a feeling my mom would actually like One Direction if I wasn't in it!
I'm a massive fan of Drake, and we walked right past him. He's too cool to be clapping One Direction though.
I'm always drawing, so Draw Something is a cool game to play against your friends when you're bored and sat chilling out and relaxing.
Two years ago, if anyone had told me I'd be doing half the stuff I'm doing, I wouldn't have believed it.
It's nice to look out and see your family supporting you.
I'm kind of like a bit of everything wrapped into one.
I'd call myself the mediator. I kind of just float around and do my own thing. I'm kind of chilled out, laid back.
I consider myself very lucky, essentially - I was put into a pop group even though my musical taste was very niche before.
Now that we have a bit of money, it is nice to get gifts for people. Before I was getting and not really giving.
I was a bit of a handful when I was a kid because I was quite hyperactive. Even in the house my mum used to put me in my pram because I was so full-on.
We didn't really expect to achieve anything outside of the UK, and it just went crazy. It's just crazy that people know our music. We're just humbled by it.
Honestly, like, American football is not that big over in the U.K., so we hadn't really heard of Drew Brees before. I did know that he was, like, a massive football player. He's a massive star, so I was still a little bit anxious and nervous to meet him.
I do feel like I've missed out a bit because I was really close with my sisters when I was at home. It must be weird for them but they cope really well.
Some girls like to say one thing and mean another. And me being who I am, I'm very straightforward.
I've got three sisters, five aunties, and my mom. It must have had an influence on me growing up.
I think people I'm close to find it absolutely crazy that I'm famous.
Whenever anything went wrong at home, because I was the only boy, I would get blamed for it straight away. Girls stick together.
I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in.
When we were in Sweden, there was a fan that hid in a bin. I think one of the security guards saw and tried to take her out, and she went a bit crazy and started tackling them.