Zayn Malik - born Zain Javadd Malik - is an English singer from the boyband One Direction. He was born to an English mother and a British Pakistani father in Bradford, where he was raised with three sisters. "I was a bit of a handful when I was a kid because I was quite hyperactive. Even in the house my mum used to put me in my pram because I was so full-on," he said of his childhood. In 2010, he auditioned for The X Factor, and was almost eliminated during the boot camp stages of the competition when he refused to dance. He failed to qualify for the 'Boys' category but was later bought back as part of a group formed by Simon Cowell - One Direction. Since then, the band have gone on to become one of the most successful boybands of all time, making history in March 2012 when their debut album, Up All Night, scored a Billboard chart No.1 - a world first for a British act overseas. Zayn Malik hit the headlines in 2011, when it was revealed that he was dating Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, who later became engaged. Zayn and Perrie split in 2015 amid rumours Zayn had cheated. The singer left One Direction in 2015 stating he wanted to live as a "normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight". His last public performance with the boyband was On the Road Again Tour in Hong Kong. Since 2016 Zayn has released his first solo album Mind of Mine with the number one single Pillowtalk simultaneously hitting the number one spot in the UK and US, written his autobiography 'Zayn', made it to number five in Glamour's Sexiest Men list and become quite the man about town within the fashion industry. Zayn has been dating model Gigi Hadid since 2015.