Zayn Malik turns 23: His life with One Direction and beyond

Zayn Malik, the English singer and song writer made headlines with his performances when playing with One Direction and more so when leaving it.It is on the event of his 23rd birthday today that we recap his advent as a singer, his participation in the X Factor series, his rise to fame, involvements and his subsequent detachment from the group.

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Published: Tue 12 Jan 2016, 10:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 8:57 AM

Who is Zayn Malik?

Zayn Malik was born in a family of English- Pakistani descent on January 2, 1993. His early love and intuition for music led him to participate in the X Factor at the age of 17 and then being a part of 'One Direction'- the most popular boy bands in the history of music.

Zayn Malik left the group in March 2015.

One Direction: Zayn Mailk's musical debut

As per, One Direction had topped the pop music charts with their first single, 'What Makes You Beautiful'. It was released in the UK in September 2011. The group's debut album 'Up All Night' had made its mark as the bestseller in the UK as well as the US in 2012.

Dropping out of the band

It was in March 2015, that Zayn opted out of his band's world tour and on March 25, 2015 he announced his final departure from the same.

According to, a picture of Zayn Malik seen cheating on his girlfriend Perrie Edwards, had been seen floating around on March 18, 1015. This led to an ultimatum from his girlfriend that he would either take a few days off from the world tour or the relationship would be through.

Zayn Malik did return home for a breather and ultimately detached himself from the group.

Dating and Romances

While singing with One Direction, Zayn Malik was considered quite mischievous. According to, he happened to date Geneva Lane, Rebecca Ferguson and Perrie Edwards, all of whom happened to be former X-Factor contestants.

He did get engaged to Perrie Edwards in August 2013, but the pair broke up two years later.

Zayn Malik is currently dating Gigi Hadid.

Unbelievable facts about Zayn Malik

  • He happens to suffer from Aquaphobia- which means that he suffers from open water bodies.
  • He loves to eat at McDonald's.
  • Zayn Malik did not own a passport before he joined One Direction.
  • He has a strange haboit of always brushing his teeth before going on stage.
  • He has 34 tattoos on his body
  • Zayn had initially applied to participate on the 2009 series of X Factor, but bailed because he got extremely nervous.

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