Zayn Malik – born Zain Javadd Malik on 12 January 1993 – is the son of an English mother and a British Pakistani father. He was raised in Yorkshire along with his three sisters, Doniya, Waliyha and Safaa.
As a teenager, Zayn took performing arts courses and appeared in school productions. He grew up listening to his father’s urban music records, primarily R&B, hip hop, and reggae. He wrote raps when he was at school, and sang on stage for the first time when singer Jay Sean visited his school.
Aged 17, he went along to the 2010 auditions for the seventh season of The X Factor. He sang Let Me Love You by Mario, and all three judges, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger, gave him a ‘yes’.
Unfortunately, he failed to progress as a solo act. But then guest judge Nicole came to the rescue, suggesting that he and four other rejected hopefuls form a band – and One Direction was born.
The group quickly gained popularity in the UK, finished in third place, and were subsequently signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract. They subsequently signed in North America with Columbia Records.
By July 2015 Malik announced he had signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Later that year, Malik gave several interviews where he talked about his debut solo studio album and revealed part of the tracklist. In his first solo on-camera interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1, Malik revealed Mind of Mine as the album’s title.
The album’s lead single, “Pillowtalk”, was released in January 2016. The song debuted at number one in a number of countries, including the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100; on the latter, it became the 25th song to debut at number one, making him the first UK artist to debut at number one on the Hot 100 with a first charted single.
The single’s performance propelled Malik to number six on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. Worldwide, he had the highest first-day and weekly streams for a debut artist. The album’s second official single, “Like I Would”, reached number one on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The end of February 2016 also saw the releases of the “Pillowtalk (Lil Wayne Remix)”, which features American rapper Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown’s R&B song “Back to Sleep (Remix)”, featuring Usher and Malik.
On 24 March 2017, Malik released the single “Still Got Time”, featuring PartyNextDoor. Malik announced the new single “Dusk Till Dawn”, featuring Sia through his social media. The single was released on 7 September 2017.
Malik started dating fellow X Factor contestant Geneva Lane of Belle Amie from 2010 until 2011. Malik then dated another X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson for a few months until July 2011. He subsequently dated actress Stephanie Davis in the same year. Malik began dating English singer Perrie Edwards of the band Little Mix in December 2011. They got engaged in August 2013, before breaking up in August 2015.
Malik began dating American model Gigi Hadid in late 2015, although they had broken up and reconciled multiple times. Hadid starred in his music video for the song “Pillowtalk”. The two appeared together on the August 2017 cover of Vogue. In 2017, Hadid photographed them both for a Versace ad campaign. Malik and Hadid welcomed their first child, a daughter, in September 2020
Malik and Hadid ended their relationship after Hadid’s mother accused Malik of striking her in October 2021. Malik entered a no-contest plea to four charges of harassment against Hadid’s mother Yolanda.
Zayn Malik has received numerous prestigious awards over the years, including:
- 1 American Music Award
- 1 Music Choice Award
- 1 The Asian Award
- 2 Billboard Music Awards
- 2 BMI Awards
- 2 iHeartRadio Music Awards
- 2 MTV Awards
- 3 Teen Choice Awards
As of April 1, 2021, Malik had a net worth of $75 million.
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