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Zayn Malik Thanks One Direction: You’re The Best Guys ‘I’ve Ever Met’

Sat, April 18, 2015 11:00am EDT by Avery Thompson 12 Comments

During his acceptance speech for an award at the 2015 Asian Awards on April 17, Zayn took the time to thank his boys of One Direction for everything they’ve done for him. Click to WATCH Zayn’s speech!

Zayn Malik, 22, is such a gem. After a lengthy absence, the singer made his first public appearance since quitting One Direction at the 2015 Asian Awards on April 17. He was awarded for his contributions in music, and he thanked his One Direction boys for being the “four of the best guys I’ve ever met” during his speech. Raise your hand if you’re crying.

Zayn Malik Thanks One Direction In Asian Awards Speech

Zayn hit the stage at the Asian Awards and delivered one heck of a speech. The shy singer thanked his parents, God and One Direction for always standing by his side. Here’s what he said about his former bandmates — Harry Styles, 21, Liam Payne, 21, Niall Horan, 21, and Louis Tomlinson, 23.

“I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I’ve ever met,” Zayn said. “Everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Cue the fangirl screams.

This was Zayn’s first public appearance since leaving One Direction back in March 2015. He’s been noticeably absent from the limelight but returned looking fresh and oh so fine. 

Zayn Malik Rocks New Buzz Cut At Asian Awards

When Zayn stepped out at the Asian Awards, he looked different. That’s because he completely shaved his head! Zayn got rid of his longer hair in favor of a buzzed ‘do. Needless to say, Zayn fans freaked out over the hair makeover, but that wasn’t the last surprise Zayn had for us.

Zayn also got a nose ring! This is a whole new Zayn we’re seeing, and we have to say, we love it!

HollywoodLifers, are you glad Zayn thanked his boys? Do you think he’ll regret leaving the band? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson