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Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik


Zayn Malik
Full name Zain Javadd Malik
Born January 12, 1993 (age 27)
Hometown West Lane, Baildon, Bradford
England, United Kingdom
Nickname DJ Malik, Zayno, Bradford Bad Boy, Zaynie, Zack, Ringo
Resides Los Angeles, California, United States
Family Yaser Malik, father
Patricia Malik, mother
Doniya Malik, sister
Waliyha Malik, sister
Safaa Malik, sister
Khai Hadid-Malik, daughter
Romances Gigi Hadid (partner)
Perrie Edwards (ex-fiancée)
Rebecca Ferguson (ex-girlfriend)
Geneva Lane (ex-girlfriend)
Affiliations Kehlani, R3hab, Snakehips, Malay, Make You Know Love, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj

Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik [1] (born January 12, 1993), also known mononymously as Zayn, is a former member of British-Irish band One Direction.

He left the band on March 25, 2015. Zayn left to pursue a solo music career. His debut solo album, Mind of Mine, was released on March 25, 2016. His second album, Icarus Falls, was released on December 14, 2018. And released his third album, “Nobody is listening” on 15th January 2021.


  • Early Life
  • Musical Career
    • One Direction
    • Departure From One Direction
  • Solo Career
    • 2015
    • 2016
    • 2017
    • 2018
    • 2019
    • 2020
  • Personal Life
    • Family
    • Pets
    • Relationships
      • Geneva Lane
      • Rebecca Ferguson
      • Perrie ​Edwards
    • Gigi Hadid
  • Controversies
    • Leaked Video
    • Cheating Allegations
    • Closeting/Publicity Relationship Rumors
    • Naughty Boy
    • Racism
  • Tattoos
  • Credits
  • Quotes
  • Trivia
  • External Links
  • References
  • Gallery

Early Life

Zayn was born in West Lane, Baildon, Bradford, England. He is of English and Pakistani descent. He was born to British-Pakistani father Yaser Malik and English mother Patricia. He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. He and his family are Muslim. Zayn grew up in East Bowling, located south of the Bradford city centre. He was a student at Lower Fields Primary School in East Bowling and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school.

Zayn’s mother, Trisha, told the BBC in 2013 about her son’s religious upbringing, stating “I made sure the children went to the mosque. Zayn has read the Quran three times.” When Zayn was growing up, Trisha worked as a halal chef at a primary school, cooking meals for Muslim children.[2]

Musical Career

See also: One Direction history

One Direction

In 2010, when he was 17 years old, Zayn auditioned in Manchester for the seventh series of The X Factor. He revealed in the film This Is Us and in his 2015 Fader magazine interview that he would not have gone to his audition if his mother hadn’t dragged him out of bed that morning. He stated he went to the audition because he “felt like I owed her”.

Zayn during his X Factor audition.

Zayn sang “Let Me Love You”, a 2004 hit by R&B singer Mario. All three judges — Simon, Louis, and Nicole — gave him a ‘yes’. His audition was initially not broadcast, but was later shown briefly on The Xtra Factor.

Zayn was noted for becoming nervous and withdrawn in boot camp, and famously refused to participate in a dance segment until personally encouraged by Simon Cowell. He passed the dance stage but failed to proceed past boot camp, where he was initially eliminated as a solo artist, but brought back to be added to the group that would become One Direction. Following their placing third on The X Factor, One Direction signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Music, releasing 4 #1 albums with Zayn (and 1 without), and completing 4 world tours in 4 years.

Departure From One Direction

On March 25, 2015, One Direction’s official Facebook account announced in a statement that Malik had permanently departed from the band, citing his desire to live a life away from the spotlight. Additionally, in an interview with The Sun[3], he further explained that he “didn’t feel like himself anymore” and that he had been unhappy for a while, having only continued because of the fans. His former bandmates echoed his words in their October/November promo campaign for Made in the A.M., stating he “fell out of love with the music” and they could tell he was increasingly unhappy being within the band. They also stated he did not enjoy liaising with the media, as he is shy and introverted. In January 2016, Zayn elaborated on his departure saying he never really wanted to be in a band, as he auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist but stayed with 1D as long as he could. He credited the other band members with trying to give him R&B ad-libs in their songs so he would enjoy performing more, but it became more evident as time went on that he would eventually leave. Zayn also spoke out about strict management, saying the band was constantly told what to do, how to keep their appearances and how to sound, saying they were not free to write whatever they wanted. Zayn said there was no room for him to express himself musically the way he wanted to because the band’s sound was distinctly pop-rock rather than R&B. In November 2016, Zayn revealed to Evening Standard Magazine that he did not write the official exit statement posted to Facebook, saying “Look how it’s worded. I’m not a 35-year-old lawyer. I don’t write like that”. In April 2017, Harry Styles told Rolling Stone magazine: “I think it’s a shame Zayn felt that way, but I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love. If you’re not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that. I’m glad he’s doing what he likes, and good luck to him[4]“.

Solo Career


After exiting One Direction on March 25th, Zayn officially signed with RCA Records as a solo artist on July 29th, 2015. His first solo feature interview with Fader magazine in November 2015 reported that Simon Cowell decided which label Zayn would move to.


Zayn premiered his debut single, “Pillowtalk on January 29th, 2016. Simultaneously, the music video premiered on MTV, featuring Zayn’s real-life on-off girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid. Pillowtalk debuted at #1 on iTunes in 90 countries, making Zayn only one of two male artists to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. Zayn’s debut album, Mind of Mine, was released March 25, 2016 – a year to the day he left One Direction. He became the first UK male artist to debut at #1 in the US and UK. Zayn subsequently released music videos for album tracks ‘It’s You‘ and ‘BeFour‘ and released ‘Like I Would‘ as the second official single, which he performed at the 2016 IHeartRadio awards. Zayn confirmed ‘Wrong‘ as the third single from Mind of Mine, but it did not receive promotion.

Zayn was originally scheduled to perform at the 2016 Capital FM Summertime Ball but cancelled at the last minute, citing “the worst anxiety of my career”. A scheduled October concert in Dubai was also cancelled due to his continued anxiety[5]. He has not performed live since.

Zayn collaborated with a number of artists in 2016: electro-R&B duo Snakehips for ”Cruel”, English rapper M.I.A. for “Freedun“, American R&B singers Chris Brown and Usher on a remix of “Back To Sleep” and American pop singer Taylor Swift on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” which was featured on the Fifty Shades Darker film soundtrack. Zayn also featured on the soundtracks for the Ghostbusters remake and Netflix series The Get Down. The collaboration with Swift was a top 5 hit worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy in 2018.

Zayn released an autobiographical book, simply titled ZAYN. He attended the 2016 American Music Awards, where he won New Artist of the Year, and briefly greeted former bandmate Niall. Zayn posed for several magazines throughout the year including Dazed, GQ, Paper, The Evening Standard and Glamour.


In 2017, Zayn established himself as a fashion industry figure, releasing a shoe line in collaboration with Giuseppe, and a clothing line in collaboration with Versace. Zayn also released a smartphone emoji app called Zaynmoji. He won Best Music Video at the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards for “Pillowtalk” and Top New Artist at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. In March, Zayn released a single titled “Still Got Time” with Canadian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR. The song was a top 20 hit worldwide, and the music video featured a raucous party held in Zayn’s actual London residence. In September, he released a song titled “Dusk Till Dawn”, featuring Australian singer Sia, for the 2017 film The Mountain Between Us. The single was a top 20 hit worldwide.


Zayn released six singles in 2018: “Let Me”, “Entertainer”, “Sour Diesel”, “Too Much” (produced by American producer Timbaland), “Fingers” and “No Candle No Light” (featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj). “Let Me” was a top 20 success in the UK, however, the remaining singles did not commercially perform. It was reported on April 2018 that Zayn’s management had dumped him from their client roster after he refused to tour, and he clarified on Twitter in November that his label was not cooperating on an album release date. In May, Zayn received a Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) award for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”. In September, he released a line of bags in collaboration with French high-fashion brand The Kooples. Zayn’s second album “Icarus Falls” was released on December 14, and featured all released singles aside from “Still Got Time” and “Dusk Til Dawn”. Three new singles – “Rainberry”, “Good Years” and “There You Are” – were also released. The album did not perform on the charts, debuting at #61 on the US Billboard 200 and #77 in the UK.


In April, Zayn released a music video for “Stand Still”, and continued collaborating with fashion label Penshoppe on their 2019 campaign. In May, Zayn collaborated with American singer Zhavia Ward on a cover of the Aladdin theme song “A Whole New World”, for the 2019 live-action remake film. The single was well-received, garnering over 10 million views on YouTube in 48 hours. Zayn also released two collaboration, Trampoline and Flames a short while after that. These two songs have since then been a fan favourite. He also posted tweets supporting Malala Yousafzai’s campaign for girl education, earning a lot of positive feedback from the fans.


Zayn appeared on R3HAB’s collaborative single “Flames” and released a single titled “Better”.


Zane released ‘Vibez’ and soon a whole album ‘Nobody is Listening’

Personal Life


Zayn’s parents are Yaser and Trisha Malik. He has three sisters; Safaa, Duniya and Waliyha. Zayn credits his father’s music taste as a primary influence on his singing and songwriting. In One Direction’s 2013 film This Is Us, Zayn is shown buying a house for his entire family, stating this was the reason he wanted to be a successful entertainer, so he could give back to, and provide for, his family. His father was not featured in the film. Zayn has a daughter with Gigi Hadid, Khai Hadid Malik.


Zayn owns three dogs; Boris, Rhino and Marley. An attack dog was mentioned in his November 2015 Fader interview but has never been photographed. Ex-girlfriend Perrie Edwards kept the two dogs they bought together.


Zayn and Geneva

Geneva Lane

Zayn dated fellow The X Factor (UK) contestant Geneva Lane briefly in 2010 when he was 17 and she was 20. They were photographed sharing a kiss on December 12, 2010, after the grand finale episode, and Zayn confirmed the next day on Twitter that they were dating.[6] They officially split the following month, on January 21, 2011.

Zayn and Rebecca

Rebecca Ferguson

In 2011, Zayn dated The X Factor (UK) season seven runner-up, Rebecca Ferguson for four months, when he was 18 and she was 23. Their relationship drew media attention because of the five year age gap. They met while they were on The X Factor, but Rebecca stated that “It took a while before we looked at each other in a different light. There was no one particular moment, it just evolved.” After their July 2011 split, Rebecca stated, “Me and Zayn just grew apart. I wish him all the best.” However, in an interview on October 2012, Zayn stated, “It shouldn’t have happened. It was just a wrong idea from the start. It did end quite badly, so we don’t talk any more. We’re not in touch at all.” Ferguson called the relationship “a mistake” in 2013, saying the age gap wasn’t worth the controversy.

Zayn and Perrie

Perrie ​Edwards

Zayn dated and was previously engaged to, Perrie Edwards, a member of The X Factor eighth season winning girl group, Little Mix. They met when One Direction guest performed on the show on November 2011. In May 2012, paparazzi took photographs of the pair kissing. They were dogged by four separate cheating scandals involving Zayn, including one where photos of him asleep in bed were leaked online by the woman he allegedly cheated with. In August 2013, Zayn and Perrie confirmed they were engaged. After the fourth cheating scandal in February 2015, Zayn flew home to the UK, then exited One Direction the following week. He and Perrie still appeared to be planning their marriage, with Perrie jokingly referring to herself as “Perrie Malik” in June 2015. However, on August 4, 2015, Perrie confirmed they had split. Zayn called off the engagement, ending the relationship a month before. In his November 2015 interview with Fader Magazine, Zayn denied he broke up with Perrie via text message, stating “I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over a text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn’t do that.”

Gigi Hadid

Zayn has been dating American model Gigi Hadid since November 2015. Gigi appeared in Zayn’s debut music video for Pillowtalk. The two posed for several high fashion magazine photo shoots and attended the 2016 Met Gala together. In March 2018, Zayn and Gigi initially confirmed a break-up, but continued to reunite beyond that. On September 24, 2020, Hadid gave birth to their first child, a daughter. The couple have decided to name their daughter Khai. Gigi made the reveal in the most subtle way by changing her Instagram bio to add ‘Khai’s mom’.


Leaked Video

In May 2014, a video recorded in April by former One Direction bandmate Louis, was leaked by The Daily Mail. The footage showed Zayn and Louis, alongside other members of their management team, smoking cannabis while being driven to a concert in Peru. The footage contained Zayn criticizing One Direction’s official merchandise, stating that both the band and the fans were growing tired of it pandering to a much younger audience, devoid of any artistic creativity. Louis received media backlash for apparently using racial slurs. No member of the band has ever publicly commented on the incident or the video, but Liam offered an apology on their behalf on Twitter.

Cheating Allegations

Throughout Zayn’s four year relationship with Perrie Edwards, numerous allegations of his infidelity were speculated on by the media. While nothing was ever directly confirmed, pictures of Zayn asleep in bed, taken by a waitress he reportedly slept with, were leaked onto the internet in 2013.[7] In March 2015, allegations resurfaced when paparazzi pictures of Zayn holding hands and cuddling a woman named Lauren Richardson were published, and the woman herself uploaded a picture of her in Zayn’s arms. The reports caused Zayn to lash out on Twitter stating “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f*cks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x”[8]. The next day, Zayn was signed off from One Direction’s world tour and a week later he announced his exit from the band. In his November 2015 Fader interview, he said the incident did not lead to his decision to leave, stating “The two things never really coincided in my mind. Publicly, that’s the way it worked, because it worked well for the purpose.”

Closeting/Publicity Relationship Rumors

As is the case for Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, many One Direction fans created a conspiracy theory about Zayn being in a hidden relationship with fellow bandmate Liam Payne. Speculation began based on their behaviour towards one another, which appeared very personal. In numerous interviews, Zayn showed specific knowledge of Liam and his family suggesting they spent the most time together. Until 2017, Liam was the only member Zayn remained in contact after leaving the band. When Zayn’s engagement to Perrie was addressed in one particular interview, Liam stumbled over his words saying “I don’t think [the wedding] will happen…I think you’ll…lose the rings…”. Many speculate that because One Direction and Little Mix both shared the same management, and both bands were created by Simon Cowell, that Zayn’s relationship with Perrie was perhaps built for publicity, as well as a cover-up for Zayn’s alleged relationship with Liam. Fans noted how a scandal involving Perrie would usually make headlines when One Direction was releasing something new, and how Zayn would constantly be mentioned in Little Mix interviews. Fans and media outlets alike initially speculated the same about Zayn’s relationship with Gigi Hadid.

Naughty Boy

Zayn had a brief working relationship with producer Naughty Boy (real name Shahid Khan) from early 2014 to mid-2015. Naughty Boy has ties to Syco Music and is friendly with Simon Cowell. The tension was reported to have risen between One Direction and Naughty Boy after they did not feature songs produced by him on their album Four, after collaborating throughout 2014. Zayn appeared close with Naughty Boy, even purchasing custom made ‘Naughty’ tracksuits with him in 2014. In March 2015, after Zayn exited One Direction, Naughty Boy posted a series of antagonizing tweets, making fun of One Direction’s fans, claiming “Zaughty” had “won”. Louis Tomlinson called him out, tweeting “Wow @NaughtyBoyMusic you’re so inconsiderate pal, seriously how fucking old are you? Grow up! #masterofallwisdom”[9]. Naughty Boy responded by leaking a rough version of an unfinished solo Zayn song titled I Won’t Mind. In May 2015, another Twitter fight between Tomlinson and Naughty Boy erupted, after Naughty Boy responded to an Instagram post by Liam, which stated he had found a replacement fifth member. Naughty posted a photo titled “Replace this” onto Twitter, which Louis promptly insulted. Naughty Boy responded by saying Louis couldn’t sing and used autotune. The fight concluded when Zayn addressed Louis, tweeting “Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?”.[10] These events were the catalyst for the fan-led campaign to make No Control an unofficial single. In July 2015, after Naughty Boy leaked Zayn’s cover of Rae Sremmurd’s song No Type, along with a music video he secretly filmed in January 2015 (prior to exiting 1D), Zayn cut ties with Naughty Boy, tweeting “@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we’re friends, no one knows you.”[11] Naughty Boy went on to work with Beyonce on the hit single Runnin’. In January 2017, Louis and Zayn made amends.


Zayn is half Pakistani and was a practising Muslim until 2018. He has been subjected to numerous racist attacks both from the public and the press:

In August 2012, Zayn deleted his Twitter account after receiving constant racist attacks and accusations of infidelity.[12] He remade his Twitter account later, but received more attacks and death threats after tweeting #FreePalestine in 2014, during a particularly vicious string of attacks between Palestine and Israel.

In 2014, US talk shows The Daily Show compared Zayn to a terrorist. Fan backlash caused the show to address the joke, claiming they did not know he was Muslim. They later made fun of his fans for defending him.[13]

In 2015, US personality Bill Maher also compared Zayn to a terrorist, and also made fun of the fanbase upon their immediate backlash.[14] In November 2015, a Huffington Post article about terrorist group ISIS briefly mentioned Zayn as an example of a Western Muslim public figure. A photograph of Zayn was used in social media postings of the article, making it look as though his image was being used to illustrate the terrorist angle. Huffington Post deleted and apologized for the error.[15] Zayn’s 2015 Fader interview addressed the racism he has faced, stating “As the band’s only person of colour, and the West’s single most prominent Muslim celebrity, Zayn has faced misunderstanding to an unimaginable degree…after hearing Zayn talk about how normal he is, I can’t help but wonder how “normal” a Muslim person would have to be in order to appease all the world’s bigots—and whether, given the impossible degree of nonthreatening-ness that seems required, how someone in Zayn’s position could ever feel safe enough to say something like, “Yes, I do want to be influential.”[16] In October 2015, Zayn was photographed wearing a shirt that read “I Am Not A Terrorist…Please Don’t Arrest Me” as part of a social campaign against anti-terror legislation.

In May 2016, US rapper Azealia Banks verbally attacked Zayn online with a series of racist and homophobic tweets, accusing him of stealing black culture and plagiarising her look and style for his “Like I Would” music video. She was suspended from Twitter and turned down from a music festival as a result[17]. She later wrote Zayn a public letter apologising for her comments[18].

In July 2016, Zayn came under fire after tweeting several statements supporting an “All Lives Matter” perspective. Fans felt this was insensitive and misunderstood the point of “Black Lives Matter” movements/protests. Zayn hit back at these claims saying “Meanwhile I’m brown myself, and understand it’s nothing to do with police brutality it’s about minority’s equality”. He eventually deleted all tweets relating to the subject.[19] In 2020, Zayn showed support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.


Up All Night

  • “Taken” — writing
  • “Everything About You” — writing
  • “Same Mistakes” — writing

Take Me Home

  • “Last First Kiss” — writing
  • “Summer Love” — writing
  • “Irresistible” — writing

Midnight Memories

  • “Story of My Life” — writing
  • “Right Now” — writing
  • “Why Don’t We Go There” — writing


  • “Fool’s Gold” — writing
  • “Change Your Ticket” — writing
  • “Clouds” — writing
  • “Night Changes” — writing

Mind of Mine

  • “Mind of Mindd (Intro)” — writing
  • “Pillowtalk” — writing
  • “It’s You” — writing
  • “Befour” — writing
  • “She” — writing
  • “Drunk” — writing
  • “Intermission: Flower” — writing
  • “Rear View” — writing
  • “Wrong” — writing
  • “Fool For You” — writing
  • “Borderz” — writing
  • “Truth” — writing
  • “Lucozade” — writing
  • “TIO” — writing
  • “Blue” — writing
  • “Bright” — writing
  • “Like I Would” — writing
  • “She Don’t Love Me” — writing
  • “Do Something Good” — writing
  • “Golden” — writing

Ghostbusters 2016 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • “wHo” — writing

Snakehips collaboration

  • “Cruel” — co-writing

Chris Brown collaboration

  • “Back To Sleep” (Remix)

M.I.A. collaboration

  • “Freedun” — co-writing

Fifty Shades Darker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Taylor Swift collaboration

  • “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” – vocals

PARTYNEXTDOOR collaboration

  • “Still Got Time” – vocals, co-writing

The Mountain Between Us: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Sia collaboration

  • “Dusk Till Dawn” featuring Sia – writing

Icarus Falls

  • “Let Me”
  • “Natural”
  • “Back to Life”
  • “Common”
  • “Imprint”
  • “Stand Still”
  • “Tonight”
  • “Flight of the Stars”
  • “If I Got You”
  • “Talk to Me”
  • “There You Are”
  • “I Don’t Mind”
  • “Icarus Interlude”
  • “Good Guy”
  • “You Wish You Knew”
  • “Sour Diesel”
  • “Satisfaction”
  • “Scripted”
  • “Entertainer”
  • “All That”
  • “Good Years”
  • “Fresh Air”
  • “Rainberry”
  • “Insomnia”
  • “No Candle No Light” (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • “Fingers”
  • “Too Much” (featuring Timbaland)

August Alsina collaboration

  • “Don’t Matter” (remix)

Disney’s Aladdin 2019 motion picture soundtrack

  • “A Whole New World” – vocals

Shaed collaboration

  • Trampoline (Remix) – vocals

Sabrina Claudio collaboration

  • Rumours – vocals

Becky G and Aitana collaboration

  • Un mundo ideal (Versión Créditos) – vocals

R3hab and Jungleboi collaboration

  • “Flames” – vocals

Nobody is listening

  • Calamity
  • Better
  • Outside
  • Vibez
  • When love’s around (feat. Syd)
  • Connexion
  • Sweat
  • Unfuckwitable
  • Windowsill (feat. Devlin)
  • Tightrope
  • River Road


  • “Vas Happenin?” (Famous Catchphrase)
  • “I feel like there is a connection between music and art, I don’t know what that is but there’s a connection between it because I just can play music and whatever I feel from the music. I think I kinda paint it.”
  • “Life is funny. Things change, people change, but you will always be you, so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone.”
  • “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”
  • “I want to thank God for allowing me to be able to do what my dreams were. I’d like to thank my mum and dad for making me Asian and allowing me to affect the Asian community, it’s a massive honour. I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met, whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did, the things we did will stay with me for the rest of my life and I thank you for that. Here’s to the future.” (After winning an achievement award at the 2015 Asian Awards)
  • “#FreePalestine” (on Twitter)
  • “My main influences in music came from my dad, a lot of R&B, R. Kelly, Usher, Donell Jones, Prince. I used to play a lot of rap as well, 2Pac and Biggie. A lot of bops, a lot of reggae, Gregory Isaac and weird artists like Yellowman.” (Talking to Fader magazine in 2015 about his taste in music)
  • “I can map every lyric and every note to mean something to me. It’s a snapshot of my life and the thoughts on my life, my hopes, my aspirations, and my regrets in the summer of 2015.” (Talking to Fader magazine in 2015 about his debut solo album, Mind of Mine)
  • “Being described as the mysterious one…that was put on me as a stigma because I didn’t get the chance to speak as much. The other boys’ personalities were more forward. They would answer the questions. I let that happen because I didn’t have any creative input there. Now I get to talk about what I’m passionate about—it’s nice to have the chance to speak. (Complex Magazine, 2016)
  • “An alien spoke to me in a dream” (Why he left One Direction, Glamour, 2016)
  • “Do your research and be a bit more prepared about certain situations before you make a decision” (On what advice he would give to his 17-year-old self, Evening Standard, 2016)
  • “It’s not always the wisest thing to [tell people you wrote a song about them], it just complicates things so I have tended not to do that anymore. I’ll be having a conversation with somebody, maybe a little argument and then I’ll throw it in their face: ‘Well I wrote that song about you, so see you later”. (On songwriting, BBC Radio 1, 2018)
  • “This is for girls who have the tendency to stay up at night listening to music that reminds them of their current situation. Who hide their fears, hurt, pain and tears under the smiles, laughs and giggles on a daily basis. The girls who wear their heart on their sleeve. The girls who pray that things will work out just once and they’ll be satisfied. The girls who sceam and cry to their pillows because everyone else fails to listen. The girls who have so many secrets but wont tell a soul. The girls who have mistakes and regrets as a daily moral. The girls that never win. The girls that stay up all night thinking about that one boy and hoping that he’ll notice her one day. The girls who take life as it comes, to the girls who are hoping that it’ll get better somewhere down the road. For the girls who love with all their heart although it always gets broken. To girls who think it’s over. To real girls, to all girls: You’re beautiful.”


  • Zayn’s birth name is spelt ‘Zain’. He has not legally changed the spelling. The original spelling was still being used in media articles from December 2010. It is unknown when or why Zayn switched to the alternate spelling.
  • His name means “beautiful king” in Arabic.
  • In Arabic, Malik means ‘king’ or ‘chieftain’.
  • When he was younger, he sang for Jay Sean who was impressed by his talent.
  • Mexican-American Marvel character Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider) was illustrated to resemble Zayn.
  • He had never owned a passport or been on a plane before 2010.
  • His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
  • He loves art and regularly shares his and his fans artwork on social media.
  • He was not allowed to grow a beard or dye his hair while in One Direction.
  • His first tweet from his first Twitter account @zaynmalik was on August 9, 2010.[22]
  • He is the godfather to stylist Caroline Watson’s daughter, Brooklyn.
  • Four was the last album he recorded as part of One Direction.
  • Night Changes was his last single, and music video, as a member of One Direction.
  • Zayn placed at #32 on GQ’s Best Dressed Men of 2016.
  • In November 2018, he told British Vogue he no longer considered himself Muslim.
  • While in the band his microphone was always taped yellow.

External Links

  • @zaynmalik — Official Twitter
  • @zayn — Official Instagram
  • Official Facebook Page
  • Official YouTube Page
  • Official Spotify Page
  • Official Website
  • Official Snapchat
  • Official Tumblr


  1. ↑ File image – Questionnaire Zayn filled out where he writes his full name.
  2. ↑ Trisha quote
  3. ↑ Interview with The Sun
  4. ↑ Harry Styles New Direction
  5. ↑ Zayn cancels Dubai
  6. ↑ @zaynmalik. Twitter. Confirming Geneva relationship. December 13, 2010.
  7. ↑ Zayn Cheating Allegations
  8. ↑ Zayn’s Tweet
  9. ↑ Louis’s Tweet
  10. ↑ Zayn’s Tweet To Louis
  11. ↑ Zayn’s Naughty Boy Tweet
  12. ↑ Zayn Deleted Twitter 2012
  13. ↑ The Daily Show Tweet
  14. ↑ Bill Maher Not Apologizing
  15. ↑ Huffington Post Controversy
  16. ↑ Fader Interview 2015
  17. ↑ Azealia Banks racist and homophobic attack on Zayn
  18. ↑ Azealia Banks Apologises To Zayn Malik
  19. ↑ Zayn Tweets and Deletes
  20. ↑ One Direction Need Tattoo Advice. Capital FM. September 12, 2011.
  21. ↑ @zaynmalik. Twitter. Left collarbone tattoo. April 5, 2012,
  22. ↑ Twitter Zayn’s first tweet

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