Zayn Malik first rose to fame by appearing in 2010’s The X Factor. It was there that Simon Cowell famously paired Malik with the likes of Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles and formed one of the world’s most popular boy bands, World: One Direction. The band produced several hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of My Life” to name a few.
Sadly, Malik left the group in 2015, breaking the hearts of One Direction fans around the world. “After five incredible years, Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the upcoming concerts of their world tour and the recording of their fifth album, due for release later this year,” the band wrote in a Facebook statement. The lengthy post also included a few quotes from Malik, who shared that his “life with One Direction was more than I could have ever imagined”. Despite that, he felt like 2015 was the right time for him to leave the band. “Me leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who can relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” he added.
One Direction didn’t last long without Malik. Just months after he left, the boys announced they were taking some time off and never got back together. All these years later, however, Malik gives the One Directioners something to cheer about.
Zayn Malik wows fans with solo version of Night Changes
Zayn Malik’s latest video post has One Direction fans in a frenzy. The Aug. 15 upload shows Malik sitting at a table with his chin resting on his hand. The singer wore a cut-off shirt that showed off his tattooed arms. However, it wasn’t Malik’s choice of wardrobe that drove his fans mad; It was his choice of song. Malik threw it back to 2014, singing a few lines from one of One Direction’s many hits, “Night Changes.” “Everything you ever dreamed of / Disappears when you wake up,” he sang. For the second verse, Malik straightened in his as he smashed out the punch.
It’s safe to say that Malik’s fans went wild for the post, and as of this writing, it has already racked up 16 million views. Fans also took to the comments section to be a total fan girl. “Zayn singing 2022 1d songs is literally the best thing that could ever happen,” gushed one Instagram user. “Omg my ears are blessed,” another fan commented alongside a heart-eye-and-flame emoji.
Aside from nostalgic performances, Malik has also used his Instagram page to promote other new projects, such as his collaboration with Zayn X Arnette eyewear. According to the Arnette website, Mailk’s collection includes a variety of sunglasses and eyewear ranging in price from $84 to $129. Hopefully he will release another 1D song soon.