Zayn Malik was born in Bradford, England, into a working class family. As a teenager, Malik started listening to rap, and wanted to be a musician. After auditioning on the X Factor at 17, Malik joined the boy band One Direction. In 6 years, One Direction sold over 70 million records, won over 200 awards, and was one of the most well known musical groups in the world.
During his life, Malik has struggled with anxiety. He would have panic attacks before performing, and would just have anxiety about doing normal things. Malik overcame his anxiety though, and still had a very successful career.
Malik has been outspoken about his experiences with anxiety, and the stigma around mental health. Malik has been a great advocate for destigmatizing anxiety, and is a great inspiration and role model for everybody struggling with anxiety.