Happy Birthday Zayn Malik: Here are some interesting facts about former One Direction heartthrob

Published: 12th January 2018 11:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th January 2018 02:05 PM  

Zain 'Zayn' Malik was born and raised in in Bradford, West Yorkshire. His father is British Pakistani while his mother is of part English-part Irish descent. He grew with his three sisters who later appeared in their brother's band's video of 'Story of my Life'. (Photo | AP)
From an early age, Zayn Malik liked singing and even used to write raps when he was at school. Infact, the first time Malik sang on stage was when British singer-songwriter Jay Sean came to his school. (Photo| AP)
Zayn Malik auditioned as a solo artist for the popular music competition 'The X Factor' in 2010. Malik was eliminated as a solo artist before the final round and was brought back to the show with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan by Judge Simon Cowell to form a band and remain in the competition in the 'Groups' category. This is how the famous band ' One Direction' was officially formed.
The band One Direction finished third in the show 'The X Factor' and quickly gained popularity in UK and were subsequently given two million euro contract by Simon Cowell under his company Syco Records. IN PIC: Zayn Malik (centre) with other band members in 2014. (Photo | AP)
Malik quit the band in 2015 as it was stifling his creativity and was the only member to go 'solo' way. In the next few months of the split, Zayn Malik was reportedly seen recording music for his independent album and was later on signed by RCA records in July 2015. (Photo | AP)
Singer Zayn Malik used to read letters to his granddad who didn't speak much English, which led to the star's love for books. The 'Dusk till dawn' hitmaker still has a passion for reading, and he admits he's obsessed with 'conspiracy theory' books at the moment. (Photo | AP)
Reading is not Zayn's only hobby though, as he says he enjoys growing cucumbers and tomatoes in his garden. The 'Pillow talk' hitmaker likes gardening in his free time. (Photo | AP)
In 2016, his debut hit single 'Pillowtalk' was number one on the U.S. billboard Hot 100. His supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid also featured in the music video. Before Hadid, Zayn was engaged to Perrie Edwards of Little Mix fame. The former couple ended their engagement after three years in 2015. (Photo | Indulge)
Zayn Malik loves tattoos. Most of his tattoos are based on his life and career. He has 34 tattoos.
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