Born on January 12, 1993, Zayn Malik started his professional music career with One Direction in 2010. Also a competitor on The X Factor, Zayn Malik was actually dismissed as a solo competitor. Originally named Zain Javadd Malik, he lived in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, for most of his childhood. Following several successful years with One Direction, Zayn Malik quit the band in March of 2015 and joined RCA Records in July of that year. In the news, Zayn Malik is often noted for being a rap fan, a tattoo enthusiast, one of the world’s sexiest men, a member of the Pakistani-British community, and winning the 2015 U.K. Asian Award for musical contributions.