Zayn Malik - born Zain Javadd Malik - is an English musician and former member of the boyband One Direction. Zayn's career started in 2010, when he auditioned for The X Factor. He failed to qualify for the 'Boys' category but was later bought back as part of a group formed by Simon Cowell - One Direction. Since then, the band have gone on to become one of the most successful boybands of all time. The singer left One Direction in 2015 and one year later released his first solo album Mind of Mine with the number one single Pillowtalk simultaneously hitting the number one spot in the UK and US.