Zayn Malik might look like a pretty badass Ken doll on the outside, with that perfect smooth skin, quiff of mathmatically accurate dimensions, and a bum so dreamy that we want to bite it... But on the inside he’s as squishy as a marshmallow.
It turns out that while the dark and dangerous pout looked cool as a cucumber on the outside, he used to really struggle with the fame that being in One Direction tends to bring. Awe, schnookums.
Chatting with Event magazine, Zayn confessed that he’s definitely not the same baseball jacket wearing, one-or-two-tattoos lad he was at the start of his 1D journey: “We’ve all changed. I definitely found it pretty hard to begin with. None of us really knew each other that well and none of us was really prepared.”
“We were thrown in it together. We went through the same things. Our mums crying when we left home because they weren’t prepared either.”
“I found it pretty hard at first. I was always trying to be too cool, like you do in school.”
And there was us thinking that it came naturally to el Maliko, eh? Turns out that he was staring into the bathroom mirror practicing his sex eyes and charming chat-up lines the whole time, the little rascal.
“I found it really hard talking to people, answering questions .... Then you realise everyone is in the same boat. None of us knew what we were doing. You can’t take yourself too seriously, and you all start to relax into being who you are. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to do this on your own - if you weren’t in a band.”
Could he get any more adorable? Let's take a moment to remember the Maliko of days gone by, before he'd learned the charm to bag himself a gorgeous fiance, discovered the power of a tailored jacket, or developed the ability to grow proper facial hair.
Do you think Zayn has changed since the start of One Direction? Do you love him even more these days than you did back on the X Factor? He's a little dreamboat, isn't he?