He’s the first one who drove a nail into One Direction’s coffin… and it was a good thing. Look at where he is now!
He’s dating the lovely Gigi Hadid, he collaborated with Taylor Swift, and, more importantly, he’s making the music he’s always wanted to make . While in One Direction, he had to make pop songs. Now, he’s finally getting into rhythmic and R&B, his passion! He split from One Direction in 2015 and came out with his debut album, Mind of Mine, in 2016.
Malik became the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US with a debut single and debut album. The reason why he thinks his album resonated with so many people is because, “life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I’ve been through, especially in the last five years.” It told the story he so desperately wanted to tell, his own.
He’s no longer the “Bradford Bad Boy” of One Direction. He is now a pensive fashion icon that loves his music and heritage.