Happy Birthday, Zayn Malik! The former band member of One Direction turned 23 on Jan. 12 and in celebration of his big day, we’re taking a look back on Zayn’s EPIC year. Join us in reliving all of his greatest — and most shocking moments from the past 12 months!
It’s Zayn Malik’s special day! As he turns the big 2-3, let’s remember all that went down over the past year. He said goodbye to One Direction forever but hello to a promising solo career, he ended an engagement but started a new romance, and let’s not forget the crazy hairstyles he was seen sporting — we’re looking at you green hair. Celebrate his birthday with us and take a look at all that’s happened in his 22nd year!
Let’s get right to it and start with Zayn’s biggest news of 2015 — 1D fans everywhere completely lost their cool when it was announced in March that Zayn would be splitting from One Direction after five years of massive success. We remember the historic day like it was yesterday! After all, the Internet basically collapsed, as did thousands of devastated teenaged girls.
But have no fear, in hindsight his departure wasn’t ALL that bad! In his original statement he claimed he was leaving to become a “normal 22-year-old” and to “have some private time out of the spotlight,” which is now almost laughable as Zayn pursues a solo career that’s already generating massive buzz. In recent statements he’s gotten more candid, dissing One Direction and saying their music is uncool and not something he’d listen to. Ouch!
Zayn’s year certainly had a theme of reinvention and self-discovery as he also cut ties with his then fiancee and girlfriend of four years, Perrie Edwards, 22. Their breakup came after rumors surfaced of Zayn cheating on her with Lauren Richardson. But Zayn’s year wasn’t ALL rocky! In late July, just a week before Zayn’s breakup with Perrie became public, he signed as a solo artist to RCA. Zayn and fans were pretty psyched as RCA is home to celebs such as Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake.
However, not everything worked out for Zayn as a solo artist from the beginning. His first recording session was with Naughty Boy, a British producer with whom he had a public falling-out after a Rae Sremmurd cover they did together leaked in July. But now Zayn is feeling more focused than ever with producer James “Malay” Ho and his new album is scheduled to be released in early 2016. We can’t wait to hear what the self-proclaimed R&B artist comes up with!
And of course we knew this heartthrob wouldn’t stay single for long. In November, he reportedly started dating Gigi Hadid, 20, and the couple made it official in an adorable Instagram post soon after. Since then the two have even been spotted apartment hunting together in NYC! Do we hear wedding bells in 2016?
After breaking up with a band, a fiancee, and even a producer, here’s hoping 23 will be Zayn’s best year yet — at least promise us, Zayn that you won’t dye your hair green again — yikes! If nothing else, Zayn’s new album is sure to be a hit and even if it flops, we know his new gf will have his back!
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