Zayn Malik, born 12 January 1993, is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Born to British Pakistani father Yaser and an English mother, Tricia Malik , he has three sisters Doniya, Waliyha and Safaa.
He grew up in East Bowling, located to the south of Bradford city centre. Malik was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School in East Bowling and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school. Malik did not fit in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage, revealing that when he and his sister moved schools he felt he fitted in better. After moving schools at the age twelve, Malik, states he started taking pride in his appearance. During his time on The X Factor, his grandfather passed away; he has a tattoo of his grandfather's name Walter in Arabic on his chest. And also he has a tattoo on hand of his girlfriend (Perrie Edwards).