Zain Jawadd “Zayn” Malik was born January 12, 1993, in Bradford, England to an English mother and British-Pakistani father. After a pretty typical childhood, Malik, 17, auditioned as a solo candidate for the British version of The X Factor. At the beginning of his career, he wasn’t the total package (missing dancing ability) and didn’t qualify for the “Boys” category. But Simon Cowell, saw something in him and put Malik in One Direction, a group compromised of eliminated solo candidates. The group act came in third place and following The X Factor, One Direction signed a £2 million record contract with Syco Records.
Cougars rejoice! Malik dated fellow X Factor contestant, Rebecca Ferguson, who is six years his senior. It was only a 4 month stint, but long enough to strike hope into the hearts of late 20 somethings all over the world.
Zayn and Rebecca | Photo Credit: thesun.co.uk
We’re not really sure how culturally rooted young Malik is, though rumor is, he has his grandfather’s name in Arabic tattooed on his chest. Known as the “mysterious, serious one”, only time will tell which direction Malik’s career takes.