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Zain Javadd Malik (born 12 January 1993), known professionally as Zayn, is an English singer-songwriter.

Zayn is perhaps best known for being a founding member of the British boy band One Direction, whom he performed with from their creation in 2010 until his eventual departure in 2015.

Upon leaving the group, Zayn began working on solo material, and released his debut album Mind of Mine in early 2016. Launched by the single "Pillowtalk", which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, Zayn was the first member of One Direction to release solo material, followed by Harry Styles' debut album in 2017 and a handful of singles by Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan.

In 2017, Zayn released a duet with Taylor Swift —titled "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"— which featured as the lead single of the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. That same year, he also began work on his sophomore album, and filmed a role in Ocean's 8.


From 2012 to 2015, Zayn dated Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, and the two were engaged to be married for the majority of their relationship. He was later attached to American supermodel Gigi Hadid, who co-starred with him in his "Pillowtalk" video. The two had a daughter, born in September 2020.


  • Mind of Mine (2016)
  • Icarus Falls (2018)
  • Nobody is Listening (2021)

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Zayn's music provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Precision F-Strike: The lyric "fucking in, fighting on" in "Pillowtalk" gave a shock to some One Direction fans, as well as separating Zayn's solo career from the fairly clean image the band had.
  • Refrain from Assuming: "Pillowtalk" is not called "So We'll Piss Off the Neighbors", "Paradise" or "War Zone".

Alternative Title(s): Zayn Malik