born (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 , is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.His father, Yaser Malik, is British Pakistani, and his mother, Tricia Malik (née Brannan), is of Irish and English descent. He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. He grew up in East Bowling, was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School, 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. Malik has stated that he started taking pride in his appearance after moving schools at the age of twelve.
On auditioning for The X Factor, he stated: "I was looking for an experience". He cites urban music as his main musical influence, growing up, he was into R&B and rap. He as well as other members of One Direction further notes artists such as Bruno Mars, as a "dream collaborator." Malik is addicted to smoking cigarettes; in late 2011, he expressed his desire to quit. Malik is Muslim, and once affirmed that by tweeting "La ila ha ill lalla ho muhammed door rasoolalah" (declaration of faith, meaning: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah"). In June 2012, Malik's approach to Islam was criticized by blogger Debbie Schlussel,
who accused him of advertising Islam to young fans; at the same time,
he was criticized, on Twitter, by conservative Muslims, for not taking
Islamic doctrine seriously enough.
As of 18 August 2013, Malik is engaged to singer Perrie Edwards, of the band Little Mix.