Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik is a British singer and songwriter. He was born on January 12 1993 in Bradford (England, UK).
In 2010 he auditioned as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Zayn was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would become known as One Direction.They have released the albums Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), and Four (2014).
Malik split from the boy band in March 2015 and signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records. His debut single was the 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 US with a debut single and debut album.
Malik was known as the “Bradford Bad Boy” of One Direction, due to his mischievous behaviour, scandals, many tattoos, graffiti art, and rock star hairstyles. Since prior to X-Factor, Malik has been a fan of tattoos, saying that he likes “getting tattoos and that he loves the whole culture behind them.
In 2011, he was ranked number 27 on Glamour‘s “World’s Sexiest Men” list. In 2014, Malik was voted British GQ‘s best dressed male. In 2015, he was voted the “Sexiest Male In Pop” in a poll by British radio network Capital, voted as the “World’s Sexiest Asian Man” based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye, and also was voted in 2016.
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