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Zayn Malik was born Zain Javaad Malik on January 12, 1993, in a town located in the county of West Yorkshire in Northern England. He is of English and Pakistani descent. His father, Yaser Malik, is English-Pakistani and his mother, Patricia (known as Tricia), is English. He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. The Malik family belongs to the Muslim faith. Malik grew up in East Bowling, located south of the Bradford city center. As a kid, Zayn was quite a handful as he says so himself. His mum put him in a pram even in the house because he was so hyperactive! He attended Lower Fields Primary School and Tong High School,in Bradford where he struggled to fit in due to his heritage. Yet, Zayn has stated that he started taking pride in his appearance after moving schools at the age of twelve; "I had a few dodgy haircuts over the years. I shaved my head a few times and also had slits in my eyebrows. I thought I was properly gangsta, being into R&B and rap, and that it made me look hard". As a teenager he took performing arts courses and appeared in school productions. His very first school production was Grease.

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