Zayn Malik

Name Zayn Malik

Birth name Zain Javadd Malik

Birthday 12 January 1993

Star sign Capricorn

Birthplace Bradford, West Yorkshire

Before finding fame with One Direction, Zayn Malik was born Zain Malik to British Pakistani father Yaser and English mother Tricia in 1993.

He changed the spelling of his first name after finding fame on The X Factor.

He has an older sister Doniya and two younger sisters Waliyha and Safaa.

Zayn auditioned for The X Factor in 2010, performing the song Let Me Love You by Mario.

He was put through to the next round but failed to make it through to the judges’ houses stage as a solo contestant.

However, he was later given a lifeline when Simon Cowell put him into boy band One Direction. Zayn Malik was placed with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.

The group proved extremely popular with the public. Impressing viewers each week, they sailed through to the final alongside Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson.

Despite wowing with their rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s 1997 hit song Torn – which they also performed at judges’ houses – they finished third.

Zayn hit the headlines when fellow contestant Rebecca – 7 years his senior – became his girlfriend, but they split 4 months later.

In 2012, the hot singer made Little Mix member Perrie Edwards his girl. He proved how serious he is about the pretty star when he popped the question in summer 2013.

Perrie showed off her sparkling engagement ring for the first time while walking the red carpet with her man at the premiere of One Direction’s 3D documentary film This Is Us that August.

Zayn had a highly successful career with 1D. The boys have toured all over the world and released numerous hit singles and albums.

After taking a break from a One Direction tour in March 2015 due to ‘stress’, fans were left distraught when Zayn Malik announced that he was quitting the group altogether. The group vowed to continue as a four-piece.