Zayn Malik was born on January 12, 1993, in Bradford, England, to a family of English-Pakistani descent. He had an early love for singing and performing.
In 2010, 17-year-old Malik auditioned for the seventh series of reality-television competition The X Factor. He sang Let Me Love You by rhythm-and-blues vocalist Mario as his audition song and was accepted into the next round. He was eliminated before the final round of the competition, but judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell grouped him with fellow competitors Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson to form a new act for the remainder of the show.
Performing as One Direction, this group became one of the most popular finalists in their season of The X Factor. They finished the competition in third place and they were immediately signed to Cowell’s Syco music label. The group went on to become one of the most popular boy bands of all time.
Malik left the group in March 2015. The following year, he released his first solo album.
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