His mother converted to Islam upon their marriage. One Direction One Direction greeting fans in Stockholm , Sweden, May In , year-old Malik auditioned in Manchester for the seventh series of reality-television competition The X Factor , but he actually started entertaining five years ago.
It topped the charts in 16 countries. The lead single, " What Makes You Beautiful ", was an international commercial success, reaching number one in the UK and number four in the US ; it has since been certified four and six times platinum in the US and Australia, respectively.
The band's second studio album, Take Me Home , was released in November Zayn Malik leaves One Direction after five years One Direction's third studio album, 's Midnight Memories , was a commercial success as well.
Its number one debut on Billboard made One Direction the first band in history to have their first three albums all debut atop the Billboard With their fourth album, 's Four , they extended the record to four consecutive number-one albums. As of March , the band has sold 6. He denied rumors of any rift between the members, explaining that the band had been supportive of the decision. Mind of Mine See also: Talking with The Fader , he stated "life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I've been through, especially in the last five years".
In a conversation with Billboard , Malik's main collaborator for the album James "Malay" Ho said they have gone to unusual lengths in pursuit of inspiration during recording sessions, for one "we went camping for a week in the Angeles Forest — set up a generator and a tent so we could track in the woods. The song debuted at number one in a number of countries, including the UK Singles Chart  and the US Billboard Hot ;  on the latter, it became the 25th song to debut at number one, making him the first UK artist to debut at number one on the Hot with a first charted single.
Zayn debuted atop the US Billboard earning , equivalent album units in its first week, with , coming from pure album sales. He found the writing "therapeutic. The single was released on 7 September Malik then released a teaser on various social media pages announcing new material coming 12 April ,  later revealed as a song and video titled " Let Me ". He mostly inhabited a silvery, full-bodied tenor, similar to but more sharp and precise than Harry Styles' smoky warble", asserting that his departure would leave "a void of vocal agility".
Malik got his maternal grandfather's name inked in Arabic: Since then, Malik has had several more tattoos. He typically saved his words for the songs, not for media soundbytes. They appeared together on the August cover of Vogue.