So here are a few interesting facts about the star, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today:
- He was born on January 12, 1993 in Bradford, England.
- Zayn’s name is actually spelt ‘Zain’. He adopted a stage name, by changing one letter when he became famous.
- Though One Direction were only formed in 2010, Zayn actually originally applied for the 2009 season but couldn’t compete as he was too nervous.
- Before going out on stage to perform at every One Direction concert, Zayn used to brush his teeth as a way of warming up his vocal chords.
- He is obsessed with body art and has a whopping number of 34 tattoos on his body and counting.
- Zayn has Acrophobia, which is a fear of heights!
- His all-time favourite song is Thriller by Michael Jackson.
- He once said that if he wasn’t a singer he would have liked to be an English teacher.
- In July 2012 Zayn splashed out £32 000 (over R785 000) on a second-hand Bentley Continental GT car.