. Zayn Malik. Source: Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

Zayn Malik is an English singer-songwriter.

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Early life

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Zain Javadd Malik was born on January 12, 1993, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, to a multiracial family. Yaser Malik, his father, is a British Pakistani whereas his mother, Trisha Malik is of English and Irish descent and converted to Islam after marrying Zayn’s father.

Malik grew up in Bradford’s East Bowling, in a working-class family and neighbourhood. In Bradford, he attended Lower Fields Primary School and Tong High School (now Tong Leadership Academy). As a teenager, he participated in school plays and took acting classes. He spent his childhood listening to his father’s R&B, hip hop, and reggae records.

When singer Jay Sean visited his school, he wrote raps and sang on stage for the first time. From the age of 15 to 17, Malik also boxed for two years. Prior to embarking on his musical career, he intended to pursue an academic degree in English with the goal of becoming an English teacher.

Career

One Direction

In 2010, Malik auditioned for the British music competition The X Factor as a solo contestant. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition to form the boy band One Direction with four other contestants. One Direction went on to become one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.

The group quickly gained popularity in the United Kingdom, finished third, and were subsequently signed to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract by Cowell. They later signed with Columbia Records in North America.

Their albums Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014), and Made in the A.M. (2015) topped charts in the majority of major markets.

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They went on four world tours, two of which were all-stadium affairs. The band’s Where We Are Tour, in support of Midnight Memories, grossed $290.2 million, making it the highest-grossing concert tour in 2014, the highest-grossing tour by a vocal group in history, and the 15th highest-grossing concert tour of all time.

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The band has sold 70 million records worldwide as of 2020, making them one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Seven Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards (including Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2015), and 28 Teen Choice Awards have been bestowed upon the band.

Solo career

Malik left the band in March 2015 and signed a solo recording deal with RCA Records. With his debut studio album, Mind of Mine (2016), and its lead single, “Pillowtalk,” Malik became the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and the US, with both his debut single and debut album.

His collaboration singles, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Taylor Swift and “Dusk Till Dawn” with Sia, were both commercial successes on a global scale. Icarus Falls, Malik’s second studio album, was released in 2018. Nobody Is Listening, his third album, was released in January 2021.

Fashion career

In January 2017, he collaborated with Italian footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti to launch a shoe line.

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Versus (Versace) Spring Summer 2017 campaign starring Malik and model Adwoah Aboah was released in February 2017. During Paris Fashion Week, he co-hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s annual cocktail, Americans in Paris.

Donatella Versace, Versace’s chief designer, appointed Malik as creative director for a men’s and women’s capsule collection called Zayn x Versus, which was released in May 2017.

Malik designed a backpack line for The Kooples in September 2018. He also appeared in Penshoppe’s Spring 2018 campaign and again in their 2019 campaign. He also modelled for Martyre, which was founded by Gigi Hadid’s brother Anwar Hadid.

Personal life

Malik was raised as a Muslim and is fluent in English, Urdu, and Arabic. He has previously been the target of anti-Muslim attacks. During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Malik tweeted the hashtag “#FreePalestine,” prompting angry responses and death threats.

Malik stated in 2017 that he was a non-practicing Muslim who did not want to be defined by his religion or cultural background.” In November 2018, he told British Vogue that he no longer considered himself a Muslim.

Zayn Malik with Perrie Edwards. Source: Mavrixphoto.com

From 2010 to 2011, Malik dated fellow X Factor contestant Geneva Lane of Belle Amie. Malik then dated another X Factor contestant, Rebecca Ferguson, for a few months before splitting up with her in July 2011. In the same year, he dated actress Stephanie Davis. In December 2011, Malik began dating English singer Perrie Edwards of the band Little Mix. They got engaged in August 2013 and split up in August 2015.

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Since late 2015, Malik has been in a relationship with American model Gigi Hadid. Hadid appeared in his music video for “Pillowtalk.” The two shared the cover of Vogue in August 2017. Hadid photographed them both for a Versace ad campaign in 2017.

In September 2020, Malik and Hadid welcomed their first child, a daughter named Khai Hadid Malik. The family spends the majority of their time at their farm in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where Hadid’s mother and sister also own property. Malik also has a home in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood.

Malik has been a Bradford City A.F.C. fan his entire life.

Full NameZain Javadd Malik
Commonly known asZayn Malik
Date Of Birth12 January 1993
Age28 
Height175 cm
Weight145 lbs
NationalityBritish
Spouse/ PartnerGigi Hadid 
ChildrenKhai Hadid Malik
Net Worth$75

Awards and recognition

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Malik has won several awards, including an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award. He is also the only artist to have received the Billboard Music Award for New Artist of the Year twice, once as a member of One Direction in 2013 and again as a solo artist in 2017.

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