2021 has been a popular year for singer/songwriter Zayn Malik. Zayn normally keeps himself out of the public eye, so fans and supporters have been excited to see him in the media more than usual.
In the middle of January, Zayn came out with his third studio release, Nobody is Listening. It went to number 17 on UK Albums chart and number 44 on US Billboard 200 chart. In an interview with Zach Bang, Zayn agreed this was one of his most honest albums, “I tried to dive a little deeper into my own personal things on that record and I feel like speaking in your voice is received the best way.” Additionally, Zayn commented that the record was his “favorite record” to release so far. Rolling Stone appreciated ‘Tightrope’ and ‘River Road’ as Brittany Spanos stated they are “Malik’s best songs to date”.
Besides music, Zayn recently had a child and embraced his role as a father. Gigi Hadid, his girlfriend, and Zayn have not shown pictures of their baby girl yet but have been seen on strolls with Khai. “Honestly, it’s amazing. A lot of people that I was speaking to, obviously before she was born and stuff, we’re like, ‘It’s a big adjustment, and it’s going to be a massive change and stuff… But honestly, she’s an amazing baby”, Zayn stated as he spoke about fatherhood. He even acknowledged Gigi as a “wicked mom”.
Zayn sparked commotion for One Direction fans when he mentioned his old band members. During an interview, Zayn was asked to comment on which member of his band’s music did he enjoy the most. He revealed, “He makes the best music…. he makes better music than me. I’m a Niall fan.” Although he did remark that, “I don’t think there is a comparison” in regard to ‘Who has the better solo career?’ as he does not “entertain” those comparisons.
On Twitter Zayn spoke through a series of tweets about his thoughts about the Grammys; he explained that the Grammys were a scam. He received some backlash about his tweets but clarified his points in an interview, “It was nothing to do with the competition and rivalry. It was nothing personal in any sense. It was a broader statement to the whole organization. I believe there’s a way about music that is made and doesn’t even get an acknowledgment for certain reasons, political reasons, hand-shaking reasons, private performance reasons that we don’t need to go into. I said everything I needed to say online.” What Zayn spoke about was not a shock to music lovers as other artists such as The Weekend and Nicki Minaj have spoken out about the organization as well.
Lastly, Twitter fans recently went into a frenzy when they thought Zayn was married. Ingrid Michaelson and Zayn came out with a collaboration, ‘Begin Again’ and she spoke about the process while living on her Patreon. By accident, she stated Zayn was married and fans went ballistic. Ingrid was so surprised at how quickly the fans noticed her accidental slip and apologized, “As far as I know, he’s not married. It was a mistake. I’m so sorry.” Nonetheless, even though supporters may be disappointed that Zayn is not married yet, seeming that the pair do have a daughter, it is not far off that marriage could be a possibility in the future.
For a quiet and laid-back celebrity, zquad (Zayn’s fandom name) has been bombarded with an abundance of Zayn content lately. Members of the Zquad have appreciated all they have received from Zayn and are excited to seek more content as the year progresses!