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Name: Zayn Malik
DOB: 12 January 1993
Birth Place: Bradford, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Member of X Factor boyband One Direction
- Zayn dated fellow X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson for four months
- He went to Tong High School
Teen heartthrob Zayn has Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to thank for his newfound fame. He and his One Direction buddies all auditioned for the X Factor in 2010 as a solo performer, unsuccessfully. Then Nicole came up with the brilliant idea of teaming Zayn up with fellow audition losers Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, and an all-singing all-dancing boyband was born.
Zayn’s new group, One Direction, successfully qualified for the X Factor Groups category and went on to be mentored by Simon. They finished in third place behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle. They’ve since gone on to sign with Simon Cowell’s label, Syco.
Following X Factor, Zayn and the boys have completed the X Factor Live tour, made some TV chat show appearance, and are now working on their debut album with X Factor coach Savan Kotecha. Their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, was released in September 2011.
Zayn’s been making some headlines of his own too, dating an older lady - his fellow X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson. The couple announced their split in July 2011, just four months after they announced they were in love. Awww. Zayn is now with Little Mix's Perrie Edwards.