Zayn’s rise to stardom was exactly that of a roller coaster ride – a terrifying yet exciting experience all in a short span of time.
It felt like it was just yesterday when Zayn first auditioned for the X Factor. No one would have guessed that from that point onward, he would go on to perform in sold-out arenas, dominate music charts, and steal the hearts of many fans around the world.
Indeed, it was a crazy ride for Zayn – so much so that he felt like he needed to take a break and lay low for a while. At the end of the day, Zayn’s just a normal guy like the rest of us.
Now, let’s put his career aside and get to know the real Zayn Malik – from his age, height, love life, and family.
How Old Is Zayn Malik?
Zain Javadd Malik was born on January 12, 1993, making him 29 years old. He was raised by his parents in Bradford, UK. Ever since he was a kid, Zayn loved singing and listening to music. He said his father’s music taste influenced him a lot, as he grew up listening to RnB and Bollywood songs.
At just 17 years of age, Zayn tested his luck on becoming a music artist by auditioning for The X Factor UK. It was there that he would meet his future One Direction bandmates: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan.
The five of them failed to succeed as solo artists in the competition, but judge Simon Cowell decided to give them another chance by forming them into a boyband. Ultimately, Zayn and his bandmates finished third place.
For five years, the five of them continued to work as a band until Zayn’s eventual departure on March 25, 2015. That means that his career as a solo artist began when he was 22 years of age.
How Tall is Zayn Malik?
Zayn has often been called a “short king” especially when he’s pictured with Victoria Secret model Gigi Hadid (who is 5’10’’). However, he’s not actually that short.
According to several sources, Zayn Malik is 5’9’’ or 175.26cm. That’s the average height for British men. So, if Zayn’s “short” in your eyes, you’re going to have a problem with a lot of British guys.
And if you’re curious, here’s the height of his former 1D bandmates for you to compare:
Who is Zayn Malik’s Girlfriend?
Zayn’s dating history is infamous for having famous female celebrities. During his early 1D days, Zayn dated Perrie Edwards from Little Mix – a girl group that was also formed in The X Factor UK. They got engaged in 2013 but it was called off months later following his decision to leave the band.
On the same year ‘Zerrie’ split, Zayn started dating Gigi Hadid. Fans have called their relationship a ‘match made in heaven’. And things seemed to go very well between the couple. In fact, they even welcomed their baby daughter Khai last year.
Unfortunately, things ended bitterly between Zayn and Gigi when Yolanda Hadid, Gigi’s mom, filed a criminal case against Zayn for allegedly assaulting her when she visited their Pennsylvania home.
Reports say that Zayn and Gigi are officially done with each other and have agreed to remain civil for the sake of their daughter Khai.
This means that Zayn is currently single and ready to mingle, as he was allegedly discovered in a dating app by a fan. Imagine matching with the Zayn Malik – we’d faint!
Who Are Zayn Malik’s Parents and Siblings?
He may be a Bradford Bad Boy, but Zayn has a soft spot for his family. He is especially close with his mom, Tricia Malik, as he admitted several times that there is not a day that goes by without him calling his mother.
Zayn also has a very good relationship with his dad, Yaser Malik, since he was the one who introduced him to Islam, RnB, Bollywood, and a lot of other things that make up Zayn’s interests.
Zayn is the only son in the family. He has three sisters, who are:
- Doniya Malik
- Waliyha Malik
- Safaa Malik