“I was a bit of a handful when I was a kid because I was quite hyperactive. Even in the house my mum used to put me in my pram because I was so full-on”.
Zayn Malik – born Zain Javadd Malik – is an English singer from the boy-band One Direction. He was born to an English mother and a British Pakistani father in Bradford, where he was raised with three sisters. In 2010, he auditioned for The X Factor, and was almost eliminated during the boot-camp stages of the competition when he refused to dance. He failed to qualify for the ‘Boys’ category, but was later bought back as part of a group formed by Simon Cowell – One Direction. Since then, the band have gone on to become one of the most successful boy-bands of all time, making history in March 2012 when their debut album,Up All Night, scored a Billboard chart No.1 – a world first for a British act overseas.
Zayn Malik hit the headlines in 2011, when it was revealed that he was dating fellow X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson, who is six years his senior. Their relationship ended in November 2011 after four months together.