How old is Zayn Malik, why did he go bald, what’s his net worth and how long has he been dating girlfriend Gigi Hadid?

ZAYN Malik was once one fifth of One Direction but he chose to go it alone after a major relationship split – and now he's living a charmed life in the States.

Here's all you need to know about the singer…

Zayn Malik is a 25-year-old singer and former member of the UK boy band One Direction, aka 1D.

The sole brother of three sisters, Zayn was born Zain Javadd Malik in Bradford to a British Pakistani father and English mother.

Brought up in East Bowling, Zayn appeared in school productions, attended performing arts courses and wrote his own raps as well as  singing with Jay Sean when he visited his school.

Initially intending to be an English teacher, Zayn's life took a very different direction when he auditioned for The X Factor in Manchester when he was 17.

While he didn't make it through to the final round, he was grouped with four other teenage hopefuls – Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne – to become a boy band.

Harry chose the name One Direction and after the group came third, Simon Cowell signed them to Syco and they landed a US contract with Columbia in early 2011.

Owing to how popular One Direction went on to become across the globe, Zayn is now a megastar and worth an eye-watering £51m.

Zayn is a Muslim and speaks Urdu, as well as being able to read Arabic – and he avoids putting his opinions online after his tweet "#FreePalestine" caused outrage in 2014.

After One Direction released their fourth album – the imaginatively-titled Four – Zayn grew tired of being in the band.

He made his last live appearance with them in March 2015 and announced he was quitting a week later, writing in a statement that wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight".

The news sent shock waves through the enormous One Direction fan base, who are still not quite over it to this day.

Despite appearing to want out of showbiz, tattooed Zayn was seen working with Naughty Boy in a recording studio the same month he announced he was leaving 1D.

He bagged a contract with RCA Records in July and his debut solo album Mind Of Mine came out in 2016.

Lead track Pillowtalk caused a stir with its sexual lyrics, which led to much fan speculation over which girlfriend it was written about.

His other songs, which are almost always collaborations, include I Don't Wanna Live Forever, Like I Wouldm, Still Got Time, and his latest – a collaboration with Sia – Dusk Till Dawn.

Zayn, who now does a lot of modelling for magazines thanks to his edgier image, has pulled out of many live performances due to anxiety since going solo.

Having dated X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson briefly, Zayn began romancing X Factor's Perrie Edwards – a member of 2011 winning band Little Mix – in 2012.

Their relationship became a fixation for fans – and it got serious quickly as they became engaged in 2013.

After moving into a house together, Zayn called an end to their relationship in the summer of 2015, just less than five months after quitting 1D.

Since then Perrie has accused Zayn of dumping her by text – and in 2017 the singer made a verbal diss to Zayn's new relationship on stage.

Soon after becoming a single man, Zayn was in a new relationship with US supermodel Gigi Hadid, known for being the daughter of a wealthy reality TV star, and for being a Victoria's Secret Angel.

They've been together ever since and post regular loved-up selfies which don't always go down well with fans. 

In September 2017, Zayn unveiled a very shocking new look via his mum's Instagram.

His head was completely bald – very different from his usual thick head of black or colourful hair.

But apparently this is not down to hair loss, as Zayn claims that he used too much bleach on his barnet and had to shave it off.


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