Sep 15, 2016

    Zayn Malik's autobiography to be released on Nov 1


    ZAYN Malik, who found superstardom as a teen heart-throb with One Direction before a falling out, is publishing an autobiography at age 23.

    Publisher Penguin Random House on Tuesday announced that Zayn, described as the British singer's "first autobiography", will come out worldwide on Nov 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.

    He quickly became a celebrity with One Direction, five squeaky-clean lads discovered on 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 the group, leading to open, nasty exchanges on social media with his ex-bandmates.

    As a solo artist, Zayn has taken on a persona that would have been unthinkable with One Direction, releasing R&B-tinged songs full of lust.

    The publisher said the 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.