A Look Back at the Year of Zayn Malik

Oh Zayn, you really have dominated the headlines this year…


This year, we haven’t been able to open a paper without seeing Zayn Malik.

Slowly but surely, Zayn is becoming a popstar you want to know about.

From sensationally quitting One Direction after five years, to breaking up with Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, we just can’t get enough of Zayn.

He’s beginning to rebel against what One Direction were. Zayn said he left the group because he was not able to have creative control, something he struggled with. Initially, he said he wanted to be a normal 22 year old, but rumours of a solo career began to surface.


It was rumoured that whilst Zayn was in One Direction, he was beginning plans to launch his own solo career.

He started to spend time with producer, Naughty Boy, working on tracks that allowed him to be creative.

It is thought Zayn’s tracks will be of an R&B nature, and Zayn soon confessed that whenever he would try and put an R&B twist on a One Direction lyric, he was told to keep recording it until it was generic.

Speaking about One Direction, Zayn said:

If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version. I wasn’t 100 percent behind the music. It wasn’t me.

But Zayn’s professional working career with Naughty Boy was short lived, as the pair soon feel out over Twitter.

It first started when Louis Tomlinson got in an argument with Naughty Boy after Zayn left the band.


Not one to back down, Louis replied:


In comes Zayn with a put down to former band member, single-handedly breaking the hearts of millions of Directioners.

Then, the feud became even more confusing, when Zayn tweeted Naughty Boy.


Soon, a demo surfaced online posted by Naughty Boy, which seemed to preview what he had been working on in the studio with Zayn.


Then, through all of that comes the saddest love story. After four years with Perrie Edwards, Zayn decided to break up with her, and soon sold their £3 million apartment in London. The pair were engaged, and the break up came suddenly.

It is also thought that Zayn broke up with her through text.


Whilst Perrie was in the US promoting her album, Zayn was off and being linked to various girls, the recent of who being Gigi Hadid.

Gigi Hadid is the ex of Joe Jonas, who soon deleted any photos from his instagram of himself with Zayn or Gigi.


The pair posted a cosy photo of themselves over the Christmas period, the first photo of them together where they are acknowledging their possible romance.

It is believed they have both been jetting back and forth from the UK and US to see each other.

And that’s just the highlights! With all of this news, I’m betting that in 2016 Zayn is one to keep an eye on. He’s going to make some headlines and he’s going to be someone we want to read about.

I’m actually really looking forward to what his career brings, and hearing some of his solo material.



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