Zayn Malik first found fame as a solo artist, when he auditioned for ‘The X Factor’ in 2010. Of course, it wasn’t long before Nicole Scherzinger had the idea to put him together with Louis Tomlinson, Louis Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles, and new One Direction were born.
Over the years, 1D have had a string of massive hits the world over, including ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Best Song Ever’, ‘Kiss You’ and ‘Steal My Girl’. However, their days as a five-piece came to an end in 2015, when Zayn confirmed rumours that he had quit the group.
While initially he claimed he had left to live the life of a “normal 22-year-old”, this proved not to be the case, when he signed a solo record deal with RCA Records, having parted ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco.
As famous for his turbulent personal life as he is for his music, Zayn has shocked us all on a number of occasions, be it his Twitter spats with Max George of The Wanted or Naughty Boy, his green hair in an Instagram selfie, rumours of drug use or allegations that he cheated on his ex-fiancée, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.