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Former 1D singer Zayn Malik to publish autobiography

Zayn Malik will soon be publishing his autobiography to be brought out by Penguin Random House.

music Updated: Sep 14, 2016 19:48 IST
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Zayn Malik’s autobiography will contain his thoughts, drawings and personal photographs.
Zayn Malik’s autobiography will contain his thoughts, drawings and personal photographs.(John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Zayn Malik, aged 23, is planning to publish his autobiography. The former One Direction became a superstar and a teen heartthrob but had a bitter parting from the group.

Publisher Penguin Random House on Tuesday announced that Zayn, described as the British singer’s ‘first autobiography’, would come out worldwide on November 1 and feature his thoughts, drawings and personal photographs.

“I’m going to show you as much as I can so that you can judge me on my own terms, not on what the press or anyone else says,” Zayn, who has gone just by his first name as a solo artist, said in a statement.

Zayn quickly became a celebrity with One Direction, five squeaky-clean lads discovered on the reality television show The X Factor who went on to fill stadiums full of ecstatic girls around the world.

But the carefully crafted image was shattered in 2015 when Zayn left One Direction, leading to open, nasty exchanges on social media with his ex-bandmates.

Zayn has found success on his own as a solo artist and has taken on a persona that would have been unthinkable with One Direction, with R&B-tinged songs full of lust.

Despite his fame, Zayn has been sparing in his public statements since One Direction. He told Beats One radio host Zane Lowe when he released his solo album that he had been craving a more challenging artistic life.

The publisher said Zayn’s book would also explore his “normal childhood” in Bradford, an industrial hub in England with a large South Asian community.

Zayn, who is partially of Pakistani origin, is one of the most prominent Muslims in Western pop culture.