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Zayn Malik Debuts Shaved Head And Thanks Former One Direction Bandmates In Acceptance Speech At The Asian Awards (PICS)

18/04/2015 08:36 BST | Updated 18/04/2015 08:59 BST

Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since leaving One Direction, at the Asian Awards on Friday night, and debuted a shock new look in the process.

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The former 1D singer hit the red carpet at the event, sporting a newly-shaved head, which - considering he’s best known for his coiffed locks - we reckon his fans are going to either love or hate.

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Zayn Malik looking dapper in a suit at the Asian Awards

His fiancée, Perrie Edwards, was not in attendance, but he did pose for photographers on his way into the ceremony with his mum, Trisha Malik, who he’d brought along for the evening.

During the ceremony, he also won the Asian Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music, which was presented to him by producer Naughty Boy, who it’s thought that Zayn has been working with on his first solo material.

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Zayn and his mum, Trisha

In his acceptance speech, Zayn thanked his former bandmates, who he described as “four of the best guys I’ve ever met”, claiming his experiences as a member of the group would “stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Last month, after five years with One Direction, Zayn announced that he was leaving the world-famous band so that he could try and live like a “normal 22-year-old”, breaking millions of hearts in the process.

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Zayn poses with Naughty Boy after scooping his award

The remaining members of the group have insisted that they’ll carry on as a four-piece, and will be kicking off the UK leg of their ‘On The Road Again’ tour in Cardiff on 5 June.

They're expected to release their first album as a four-piece later this year, while it's been reported that Zayn will be launching a solo career, with a bit of help from 1D's mentor, music mogul Simon Cowell.

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