Former One Direction star Zayn Malik broke millions of hearts in March of last year when he walked out on the hit band shortly after they began their “On the Road Again” world tour. Rumors had circulated for months suggesting that Malik was stressed and unhappy, and after just a few weeks on the road, Zayn flew home to recuperate. Just a few days later, Malik announced that he was leaving One Direction for good, saying that he wanted to be a “normal 22-year-old.”
Zayn has kept himself busy during the time since he walked out on One Direction. He has had a huge fallout with his former BFF Naughty Boy, picked up a new management team and recording contract, and is reported to be set to drop his first solo record. Zayn is also strongly linked with model Gigi Hadid, and OK! Magazine is even suggesting that Malik and Hadid could be set to move into a New York apartment together.
From the outside, it looks like everything in Zayn’s life was on the up. Of course, life has a way of balancing things out when you least expect it, and the new year has started with some heartbreaking news for Malik.
The Daily Mirror reports that Zayn has lost his much loved grandmother, and the young star is said to be heartbroken. A rep for Zayn confirmed the sad news shortly after Malik took to social media to thank fans for their well-wishes as the news of his grandmother’s death spread.
Thank you for your support and love .. My grandma was a beautiful person and will be missed dearly x
— zayn (@zaynmalik) January 6, 2016
Zayn thanked fans for their support and said that his “grandma was a beautiful person who will be dearly missed.” According to the Daily Mail, Malik’s sister Waliyha paid her own tribute to their grandmother in an Instagram post.
Waliyha’s paid tribute in a moving post that highlighted how Malik’s grandmother had been struggling in recent times.
“R.I.P to my grandma I love you more than anything in the world my angel, it was so hard to see you struggle the way you have been but I know your in a better place now with my granddad he’ll be so happy to see you after so many years’ [sic]”
It is believed that Malik remains in New York, where it is thought that he may be putting the finishing touches to his debut solo release. No date has yet been announced for Zayn’s solo debut, but the smart money suggests that a late spring release is on the cards.
Malik has always remained close to his family and was said to get dreadfully homesick while he was out on tour with One Direction. Zayn’s mom, Trisha, was frequently at his side during the many awards shows and red carpet events that Malik attended. In the past, Zayn admitted that his cell phone bills were enormous because he spent so much time calling his mom and his aunts while he was on tour.
It appears that 2016 could be a massive year for Malik. According to OK! Magazine, Zayn has once again been voted the worlds sexiest Asian man by Eastern Eye newspaper.
— Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) December 16, 2015
According to Sugarscape, Malik is the artist most tipped by Billboard readers to make a huge splash in 2016. Malik tops the poll with 38 percent of the votes cast. Zayn is a country mile ahead of Lady Gaga, who sits second with 18 percent. It seems that Malik agrees with Billboard readers as he celebrated the new year by tweeting that this year was Z016.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) January 1, 2016
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