Zayn Malik (British singer)
Zain Javadd Malik, better known by his mononym Zayn, is a British singer who grew up in Bradford, England. Until 2015, he was a member of ‘One Direction,’ one of the most well-known boy bands. In 2017, he received the MTV Video Music Award, and in 2016, he won the American Music Award. With model Gigi Hadid, he has a daughter named Khai Hadid Malik.
Yaser Malik, a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, and Trisha Malik, a White British mother of English and Irish ancestry who converted to Islam after her marriage, are his parents. Waliyha Malik and Safaa Malik are Zayn Malik’s younger sisters. Doniya Malik, his older sister, is his other sibling.
In Bradford, he attended Lower Fields Primary School and Tong High School. He took acting classes as a youth and performed in school productions. He grew up listening to R&B, hip hop, and reggae albums on his father’s turntable. When musician Jay Sean came to visit his school, he wrote raps and sang on stage for the first time. From the ages of 15 to 17, Malik also boxed for two years. He had intended to earn an academic degree in English before commencing his music career, to become the goal of becoming an English teacher.
Malik is frequently included among prominent Pakistani diaspora figures in Pakistan. He was named 27th on Glamour’s “World’s Sexiest Men” list in 2011 and sixth on MTV’s “50 Sexiest Men Alive” list. In 2016, he was placed fifth on Glamour magazine’s “100 Sexiest Men” list. Zayn Malik has received two awards: the 2017 MTV Video Music Award and the 2016 American Music Award.
Zayn Malik began singing and performing at a young age, and at the age of 17, he competed on the reality show The X Factor. He formed the group act ‘One Direction’ with four other male finalists, who went on to become one of the most famous boy bands in music history. Malik made a breakthrough the following year with the release of his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, after quitting ‘One Direction’ in March 2015.
The first official singles released were “Pillowtalk” and “It’s You.” Both of these songs were featured on his first album, Mind of Mine, which was released in spring 2016 and debuted at No. 1 in the UK and the US. Later that year, Malik’s duet with Taylor Swift on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” became a huge hit.
In April 2018, Malik began releasing songs off his upcoming sophomore solo album, such as “Let Me,” “Entertainer,” and “Sour Diesel.” Despite falling short of its predecessor’s financial success, Icarus Falls, the long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed Icarus, was released in December to mostly good reviews. In 2019, Malik and Zhavia Ward collaborated on a version of “A Whole New World” from the Aladdin soundtrack. He remixed “Trampoline” with Shaed and worked on “Flames” with Moroccan Dutch DJ R3hab and Jungleboi in the same year. “Nobody is Listening,” Malik’s third solo album was released in January 2021.
In 2010, when he was 17 and she was 20, Zayn dated Geneva Lane, a fellow X Factor (UK) contender. On December 12, 2010, they were photographed kissing after the grand finale broadcast, and Zayn confirmed their relationship the next day on Twitter. They announced their split the next month, on January 21, 2011.
When Zayn was 18, he dated Rebecca Ferguson, the runner-up on The X Factor (UK) season seven, for four months. Ferguson called the relationship a “mistake” in 2013, and the two broke up. Zayn previously dated and was engaged to Perrie Edwards, a member of Little Mix and The X Factor’s eighth season winner. They met in November 2011 when One Direction appeared as a special guest on the show. On August 4, 2015, Perrie verified their split. The engagement was called off by Zayn a month before it was set to conclude.
Zayn began dating American model Gigi Hadid in November 2015. Gigi appeared in Zayn’s debut music video for Pillowtalk. They’ve both done picture shoots for high-fashion magazines and attended the Met Gala together in 2016. In March 2018, Zayn and Gigi declared their split, however, they continued to see each other after that. On September 24, 2020, Hadid’s first kid, Khai, was born. Khai’s face has remained hidden. Following a domestic argument with Gigi’s mother, Zayn and Gigi are no longer together as of October 2021.
Malik first appeared on The Business of Fashion’s annual BoF 500 index, which highlights the most prominent individuals in the fashion industry, in 2016. Malik was named the creative director for a men’s and women’s capsule collection called Zayn x Versus, which was released in May 2017. Donatella Versace, the chief designer of Versace, appointed malik as the creative director for a men’s and women’s capsule collection called Zayn x Versus, which was released in May 2017.
He is an official ambassador for the British Asian Trust organization, which works to improve the lives of underprivileged people in South Asia. He participated in African fundraising activities with Comic Relief alongside his former band One Direction. Malik gave his guitar to the Kean’s Children Fund in Dundee, Scotland, in April 2014. Charlie Kean, the charity’s founder, was planning an online auction for the instrument, with proceeds going toward purchasing iPads for the children’s hospital at Ninewells. In March 2016, he purchased a box at Bradford City named after his maternal grandpa Walter Brannan for poor youngsters to watch football. Malik gave £10,000 to a five-year-old girl’s medical care through a GoFundMe campaign in January 2020.
Malik showed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in May and June 2020 by posting petition links and giving to the George Floyd memorial fund. During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Malik used Twitter to spread the phrase “#FreePalestine,” which drew heated replies and death threats.